Bobby Meacham Revisited

July 22, 2009 – 10:14 am

Last year Bobby Meacham, the third base coach for the Yankees, seemed to be getting grief from the media on a non-stop basis throughout the season.  And apparently the management pretty much agreed, as Meacham was not re-hired for the 2009 season.  But personally I didn’t think Meacham did all that bad a job — there were maybe a few decisions that he made that were questionable, but it seemed to me that a lot of the times when people criticized him it wasn’t all that justified, and that most of it was 20-20 hindsight at work.  I suspect that to some extent he was just a fall guy for when things went poorly last year.

The reason I bring this up is that lately it seems that the new third base coach, Rob Thompson, has also made some rather questionable decisions — but somehow he isn’t getting near the amount of flack that Meacham got last year. For example, in last Friday’s game, Thompson sent Jorge Posada home on a hit to shallow left-field when Posada was just getting to third when the outfielder got to the ball.  Between Posada’s lack of speed and how close in the fielder was, there was no way he was going to make it home.  And then in last night’s game, Thompson had Jeter try to tag up on a short flyball to Nick Markakis, who has one of the best arms in the league.  With Alex Rogdriguez coming up that didn’t seem like a very wise decision.  And I seem to recall some other times earlier in the season where he sent or held up runners when he probably shouldn’t have.

The point of all this, though, is not so much criticism of Thompson as it is just head-scratching over why Meacham got so much grief last year.  I just don’t see all that much difference in the job he did last year compared to what Thomspson is doing this year.

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