Gary Denbo

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Gary B. Denbo
NY Gary Denbo 2006.jpg
New York Yankees
Born: (1960-12-09) December 9, 1960 (age 56)
Princeton, Indiana
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Gary Brian Denbo (born December 9, 1960) is an American former baseball player and current Vice President of Player Development for the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Playing career[edit]

Denbo attended Princeton Community High School in Princeton, Indiana,[1] and Oakland City College in Oakland City, Indiana. He was drafted as an infielder by the Cincinnati Reds in the 17th round of the 1983 Major League Baseball draft. Denbo played in Minor League Baseball for four years. [2]

Post-playing career[edit]

Denbo in 2014 as Hitting Consultant for USA Baseball Collegiate team

After retiring as a player, Denbo became a minor league coach and manager. Denbo took his first coaching position in 1986 as a Player-coach for the Cincinnati Reds Double-A club in Vermont. He remained with the Reds organization through 1989.

In 1990, Denbo joined the Yankees organization.[2] He served as a hitting coach and manager for minor league teams in the Yankees organization through 1996. In 1997, he took over as the hitting coordinator for the entire Yankees organization, and in 2000 was also the Assistant Minor League Director.

In 2001, Denbo was the Major League Hitting Coach for the New York Yankees. He also served as the Hitting Coach for the American League All-star team in the 2001 All-star game in Seattle.

Denbo was a scout for the Cleveland Indians in 2002.[2] He was a hitting coach for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Pacific League in Nippon Professional Baseball from 2003 through 2005. He rejoined the Yankees organization in 2006 as the organization's hitting coordinator.

In 2008, he became the Hitting Coach for the Toronto Blue Jays.[3]

In 2009, Denbo returned to the Yankees as a Player Development Consultant, and continues in his current position in scouting and player development. While in a slump during the 2011 season, Derek Jeter worked on his swing with Denbo, which Jeter attributed to his improvement later in the season.[4]

In June 2014, Denbo was named Hitting Consultant for the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.[5]

In October 2014 the Yankees named Denbo Vice President of Player Development.[6] Denbo began the "Captain's Camp", an opportunity for the team's best prospects to interact with former players.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swanson, Pete (October 20, 2014). "Yanks name Denbo senior vice president". Princeton Daily Clarion. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Blue Jays hire Gary Denbo to be new hitting coach". USA Today. Associated Press. October 9, 2007. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Blue Jays Press Release/Denbo Hired". Newsday. October 10, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ Boland, Erik (August 16, 2011). "DL stint helped Jeter's hitting". Newsday. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "CNT: 29 players report on Friday". Newsday. June 20, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "New York Daily News / Denbo hired as Yanks VP of Player Development". Newsday. October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Yankees host spring training 'Captain's Camp' for 'best young players'". NJ.com. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mickey Brantley
Toronto Blue Jays Hitting Coach
October 2007 - June 2008
Succeeded by
Gene Tenace
Preceded by
Chris Chambliss
New York Yankees Hitting Coach
2001
Succeeded by
Rick Down