From the Free Lance-Star:
THE RICHEST TEAM in baseball usually doesn’t try to raid one of the poorest for talent. That’s why Tony Beasley thought someone was kidding when he was told the New York Yankees wanted to interview him.
The Yankees had an opening for their Triple-A managerial job in Columbus, and they were impressed with the job Beasley had done in five years managing in the spendthrift Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization. So they called and asked to talk to the Bowling Green native.
He didn’t get that job–it went to former Cincinnati Reds skipper Dave Miley–but the Yankees liked Beasley enough to hire him as a roving minor-league fielding instructor.
I wonder if he’ll be as good at listening to problems as Mrs. Beasley?
With the contracts of Jeter, A-Rod, and Giambi – and the presence of Cano – it might be a long time until the big league club benefits directly from his work. But, when you look at his track record, it seems like a good idea to have this man on your staff somewhere.