Mendoza Replacing Bard As Yankees Bench Coach


There will be yet another change to the Yankees' coaching staff in 2020.

Bench coach Josh Bard will not return next season, WFAN's Sweeny Murti reported Monday. Sources say infield coach Carlos Mendoza will replace Bard.

Yankees have not announced major league coaching staff, but bench coach Josh Bard will not return. Sources say Infield coach Carlos Mendoza will move to bench coach.Pitching coach Matt Blake and Catching coach Tanner Swanson on board but have not been officially announced.

— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) November 11, 2019

Bard spent the past two seasons as manager Aaron Boone's right-hand man. He had previously served as the Dodgers' bullpen coach

Mendoza has been with the Yankees organization for 11 years, the past two as quality control and infield coach. The native of Venezuela also held several positions in the minor leagues, including as manager of the Gulf Coast League Yankees (Rookie League) and Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A). 

Carlos MendozaElsa/Getty Images

Mendoza, who turns 40 later this month, played 13 seasons in the minors as a utility infielder in the Giants and Yankees organizations as well as three years for the independent Pensacola Pelicans.

After falling to the Houston Astros in six games in the American League Championship Series, the Yankees fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild, reportedly replacing him with Matt Blake, who spent the last few years coaching in the Indians organization.

The Yankees also have reportedly hired Tanner Swanson as catching coach, replacing Jason Brown.