From World Series hero to the bench of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Luis Sojo, who had the game-winning hit in World Series-clinching Game 5 of the 2000 Fall Classic, was announced on Monday as being added to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s coaching staff. He will replace Frank Menechino, the only member of the coaching staff not returning to Moosic for the upcoming season. Menechino took a job with the Miami Marlins as hitting coach after last season concluded.
Skipper Dave Miley is back for his ninth season with New York’s Triple-A affiliate and will be joined once again by pitching coach Scott Aldred and hitting coach Butch Wynegar.
Sojo, who broke a 2-2 tie in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series against the New York Mets with a single, was previously manager for Single-A Tampa for seven seasons piling up a Florida State-record 504 wins. He had two stints with Tampa, with the first being from 2006-09 — leading the team to the league championship in 2009 — and his second from 2011-13. The former Florida State League record holder for wins was Luis Dorante, who was named manager in the Yankees’ organization for Low Single-A Charleston last week. Al Pedrique, who managed the RiverDogs last season, was named as Tampa manager earlier this month.
Miley, who was manager for the club’s last season in Columbus, will start his eighth with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has compiled a 565-436 record with SWB and is just nine wins shy of breaking the franchise mark for managerial wins by Marc Bombard. In his seven previous seasons with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Miley has led the team to a league-record five straight International League North Division titles while having just one losing season, which was in 2013 on a team that saw many transactions as the parent club was hampered with injuries.
Aldred will be Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s pitching coach for the sixth season, while Wynegar will begin his eighth season in the organization.
Also returning with the staff are athletic trainer Darren London, and strength and conditioning coach Lee Tressel. London will start his 22nd season with the Yankees top affiliate, while Tressel will be back for the sixth straight season.
A month away
Yankees Spring Training officially opens on Feb. 14 when pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report in Tampa, Fla. The team’s first full squad workout is Feb. 20.
More infield depth
After going through many injuries last season, the Yankees continued to add more depth over the weekend when they signed infielder Yangervis Solarte to a minor league deal.
Solarte, 25, played the last two season in Texas’ organization for Triple-A Round Rock. In 2013, he batted .276 with 12 home runs and 75 RBI in a career-high 133 games.
Other infielders who were signed to a minor league contract with the organization recently are Hazleton native Russ Canzler, former Detroit Tiger and Oakland Athletic Scott Sizemore and Zelous Wheeler, who spent last season with Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk in Baltimore’s organization.