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White on first, Sojo to third

Postby eftda » Tue Nov 11, 2003 5:41 pm

MLB.com wrote:NEW YORK -- Roy White's 38-year, on-and-off career with the Yankees is on again.

White, one of the most versatile hitters and instructors in recent team history, was named first base coach on Tuesday in one of two moves triggered by Lee Mazzilli's recent appointment as Baltimore manager.

Luis Sojo, who had been set to join manager Joe Torre's staff as the first base coach in 2004, was moved to third base to replace Mazzilli, with White inheriting the first-base box.

Torre, happy for Mazzilli for getting the opportunity that had left his own staff with a vacancy, was just as elated to add White.

"Roy was very helpful during his tenure as a Spring Training special instructor," Torre said, "and obviously knows the Yankee way.

"He's a tireless worker who is a credit to the uniform and I look forward to reuniting with him."

This will mark White's third turn as a Yankees coach, following stints as the first base coach in 1984 and 1986. White also served as Billy Martin's bench coach in 1983.

He has also contributed through the years as a special assignment and outfield instructor, but had been out of the organization since 1999.

White spent the last five seasons as batting coach for Oakland's Triple-A affiliate.

"Roy White is a classy guy and was an extremely talented player," said Yankee principal owner George Steinbrenner. "A great left fielder, intelligent base runner and skilled hitter, Roy always conducted himself as a real Yankee.

"It's great to have all of his experience back in pinstripes. His addition to the club will mean a great deal to New Yorkers as we continue to build a winning team for this coming season."

White's 15-year Yankees playing career still is prominent in team history. He ranks in the club's all-time top ten in three offensive categories (hits, stolen bases and games). A two-time All-Star, White played in three consecutive World Series with the Bombers, 1976-78.

His appointment once again leaves Torre's staff with only one uncertainty: Mel Stottlemyre and the pitching coach position.

Stottlemyre has pondered whether he wants to return for 2 1/2 weeks, since the end of the World Series. He has promised both Torre and general manager Brian Cashman a decision by the end of this week.

well, i am glad that the Yankees are making changes... ;-D
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