As Spring Training approaches, the Staten Island Yankees have received their 2015 field staff as assigned by the New York Yankees:
Pat Osborn – Manager
Osborn enters his second season in the New York Yankees organization after leading the Gulf Coast League Yankees2 to a 35-25 record while winning their division in 2014. Before joining the Yankees, Osborn served as the manager for the independent Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs from 2011-2013. After his collegiate playing career at the University of Florida, Osborn was taken in the second round of the 2002 draft by the Cleveland Indians. Osborn began his pro career in the New York-Penn League, playing a total of 54 games in 2002 and 2003 with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. The new Baby Bombers skipper played six seasons in the minors for the Cleveland Indians (2002-2007) and Houston Astros (2007) organizations. After leaving affiliated ball, Osborn played for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs from 2008-2010, where he eventually took over as manager. Osborn follows 2014 manager Mario Garza as the second consecutive Florida Gator to don the pinstripes in Staten Island.
Butch Henry – Pitching Coach
After playing seven seasons in Major League Baseball, Henry took his first coaching position as a roving pitching instructor for the Sarasota Reds (GCL) in 2004. In 2005, Henry became the pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds Rookie affiliate, Billings Mustangs. Following his two seasons in affiliated ball, the Texas native made his way back to his hometown of El Paso to become the manager of the El Paso Diablos of the independent American Association. Henry was skipper of the Diablos from 2006-2010, earning 2007 Manager of the Year in the American Association and being inducted into the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010. As a player, Henry was selected in the 15th round of 1987 draft by the Cincinnati Reds right out of high school. He went on to play seven seasons in MLB with five teams: Houston Astros (1992), Colorado Rockies (1993), Montreal Expos (1993-95), Boston Red Sox (1997-98) and Seattle Mariners (1999). Henry posted a 33-33 record with a 3.83 ERA during his career, but one of his most notable achievements came at the plate. In 1992, Henry became the only player in MLB history to record an inside-the-park home run for his career hit.
Ty Hawkins – Hitting Coach
Hawkins returns to Staten Island as the team’s hitting coach for a 10th consecutive season. Hawkins guided the Baby Bombers to a New York-Penn League-best 52 home runs in 2009 and a league-high in batting average and runs scored during the team’s championship run in 2006. Hawkins has also coached for AA Trenton (2005), Single A Tampa (2004), Single A Battle Creek (2003), Single A Greensboro (2002) and Gulf Coast Yankees (1999-2001). The hitting coach also spent time coaching at the collegiate level with Vanderbilt and Illinois. Hawkins played his college ball at Old Dominion, helping the team reach the NCAA Regionals in 1990. Ty also appeared in 69 minor league games in 1991 for the New York-Penn League’s Erie Sailors and the Midwest League’s South Bend White Sox.
Eric Duncan – Defensive Coach
This will be Duncan’s first season coaching in professional baseball after serving as a volunteer coach at Seton Hall for the last three years while pursuing his degree in political science. The former Baby Bomber was drafted by the New York Yankees in the first round, 27th overall, in the 2003 draft. Duncan returns to Staten Island after a short stint with the Baby Bombers in 2003. In only 14 games with Staten Island in 2003, Duncan drove in 13 runs while batting .373 with two home runs, four triples and five doubles. The highly touted prospect earned the honor of Arizona Fall League MVP in 2005, a year that featured future MLB stars Matt Kemp, Joey Votto and Adam Jones. In 2006, Duncan was named Top Rookie for the New York Yankees in Spring Training. The New Jersey native made it as high as AAA in his career playing for four different organizations: New York Yankees (2003-09), Atlanta Braves (2010), St. Louis Cardinals (2011) and Kansas City Royals (2012).
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