, who played for the Yanks till 2003, is about to have his position as third base coach usurped
. Sojo has been waving runners in from his post by third base for the past two years, helping the Yanks score 897 runs in his first season alone. You may also remember him frantically waving around Jeter back in April when he clearly had no chance to score.
He’s become infamous for his habit of overzealously waving-in base runners from first or second on hits that are not deep enough to score a runner. Sojo has caused a lot of frustration for the management as well as the fans because of this, but he has also proved to be a very effective with the Spanish-speaking players
, including helping Cano tighten up his defense.
The latest development in management and coaching hoopla in the Bronx is that Larry Bowa (yes, the crazy man who has already been fired from two major league managerial positions) will be coming in next year to boot Sojo out of that third base coaching spot. As of right now it is unsure whether Sojo will still have a place with the Yankees, possibly shifting over to first base, or if he will be let go. For his part, Torre has always defended Sojo, and the players are huge supporters of his. My bet is that Sojo will indeed shift to first - - and then back to third when Bowa irritates enough people to get himself fired by the end of the season.