From Jon Heyman -
Joe Torre’s job was spared, but the Yankees have fired their two long-time advance scouts, Wade Taylor and Chuck Cottier. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed the firings but said the decision was unrelated to the team’s disappointing postseason.
“It had nothing to do with losing to Detroit, ” Cashman said.
To replace Taylor, a former Yankees pitcher, and Cottier, Cashman said they’d hire two pro scouts, who will do the advance work plus other special assignments. The Yankees plan to hire scouts in different regions to cover the whole league and will also use more video work to scout opponents.
“We’re still going to advance and have people in the stands,” Cashman said. “We’re just not renewing the two people we had.”
These two were Stick Michael’s guys. Cash can say that this has nothing to do with the ALDS results…but I don’t believe it. File these terminations along with the claims by some players that the Tigers were better prepared for the series.
I have to wonder if the Yankees focused more on the Twins, in terms of scouting for the ALDS, and then got caught with their pants down when the Tigers ended up as the Wild Card team at the last minute?
Then again, seeing the results of the ALCS to date, maybe the A’s focused too much on the Twins and Yankees and not enough on the Tigers too?