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Stottlemyre to return to Yankees

Nov. 14, 2003 at 3:33 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Mel Stottlemyre has confirmed that he will return next season as pitching coach of the New York Yankees.

Since the end of a World Series loss to the Florida Marlins, Stottlemyre had been unsure of his future, mostly because of the way he and other coaches were treated by owner George Steinbrenner. His return could lead to retaining veteran southpaw Andy Pettitte and the acquisition of righthander Curt Schilling.

On Thursday, he told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the loss of Stottlemyre would concern him.

Since losing the series, the Yankees have revamped their coaching staff. Unhappy with Steinbrenner, bench coach Don Zimmer left and was replaced by third base coach Willie Randolph.

Lee Mazzilli was moved from first base coach to third, but later he was named manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Shortly after taking over at first base, Luis Sojo was moved to third and Roy White took over at first.

Earlier this month, Don Mattingly was named Rick Down's replacement as hitting coach.

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