Yankees name former big leaguer Brad Wilkerson assistant hitting coach


The Yankees announced on Monday that they have hired former big leaguer Brad Wilkerson to be the team’s new assistant hitting coach, replacing Hensley Meulens.

Wilkerson, 45, spent the past three years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Jacksonville University, and previously served as a coach for USA Baseball.

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Across eight major league seasons, Wilkerson hit .247 with 122 home runs in 972 games. He spent the bulk of his career with the Expos/Nationals, but also had stops with the Rangers, Mariners, and Blue Jays.

Wilkerson will assist hitting coach Dillon Lawson, and inherit a lineup that hit the most home runs in baseball last season, but struggled mightily in an ALCS sweep against the Astros.

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