Yankees begin hitting coach search with Magadan, Davis

New York in talks after dismissing Long

Yankees begin hitting coach search with Magadan, Davis

NEW YORK -- As the Yankees' professional scouting meetings wrap up this week at Yankee Stadium, the club has started its search for a new hitting coach, setting up interviews with former big leaguers Chili Davis and Dave Magadan about the vacancy.

The Yankees dismissed hitting coach Kevin Long last week, along with first-base and infield coach Mick Kelleher. In Long's case, the change came after the Yankees scored just 633 runs in 2014, the third-fewest in the American League.

"I think trying to bring a new perspective in will better serve us with the personnel as we continue to move forward," general manager Brian Cashman said. "So I've made the tough decision to let a good hitting coach go and trying to find another quality one to replace him."

Davis, 54, has been the Athletics' hitting coach for the last three seasons and won two World Series with the Yankees, in 1998 and '99. He interviewed with the Yankees on Thursday and will meet with the Red Sox on Friday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Magadan, 52, is currently the Rangers' hitting coach, but Texas has granted its coaches permission to speak to other clubs because they hired a new manager following Ron Washington's resignation last month.

The Mets are also believed to have reached out to Magadan, who has previously served as a hitting coach for the Padres and the Red Sox. He told the New York Post that his talks with both the Yankees and Mets are "in the preliminary stages."

Other candidates are expected to follow in the interview process, and former big league slugger Dante Bichette -- a close personal friend of manager Joe Girardi -- could enter the running. Bichette, 50, served as the Rockies' hitting coach in '13.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.