- Casey took over as hitting coach on July 10 after replacing Dillon Lawson
- But he was unable to revive New York’s season as they missed the playoffs
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Sean Casey announced on his podcast that he will not be returning as hitting coach for the New York Yankees next season.
Casey, who took office on July 10, said Wednesday on “The Mayor’s Office with Sean Casey” that family reasons were behind his decision. The 49-year-old replaced Dillon Lawson in manager Aaron Boone’s team during the All-Star break.
When he was hired, New York ranked 13th in the American League with a team batting average of .231. The Yankees finished 14th at .227, ahead of only the Oakland Athletics (.223).
It was the first time since 2016 that the Yankees failed to qualify for the playoffs, causing great frustration for star player Aaron Judge.
In an interview with the New York PostJudge admitted it was “difficult” not being involved in the October schedule after missing out on a playoff spot.
Sean Casey has announced that he will not return as hitting coach for the New York Yankees
This year, the Yankees failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2016, causing great frustration for star player Aaron Judge (pictured).
“I have a lot of steps to take, and I think I’m looking forward to having those conversations and getting everything going with this extra month that we start in October,” he said.
“I think it’s going to be a great season next year and it’s going to be a great offseason for us.”
“It’s hard not to play in October, but I think this time will help us prepare for the season.”
A three-time All-Star, Casey played for five teams from 1997 to 2008, most notably the Cincinnati Reds (1998 to 2005). He was a long-time teammate of Boone’s in Cincinnati.
Casey had a career batting average of .302, with 322 doubles, 130 home runs and 735 RBIs in 1,405 games.