TAMPA, Fla. -- Hensley Meulens received strong consideration for the Yankees’ managerial vacancy after the 2017 season, finishing as the runner-up to Aaron Boone. Now they’ll occupy the same dugout.
Meulens has been named as an assistant hitting coach, rounding out the Bombers’ coaching staff for the 2022 season. The 54-year-old will add big league experience to the club’s hitting coach trio, working alongside Dillon Lawson and Casey Dykes.
This will mark Meulens’ 12th season on a Major League coaching staff, having most recently served as the Mets’ bench coach in 2020. He spent 11 years with the Giants organization, including 10 seasons with the Major League club.
While with San Francisco, Meulens won three World Series championships (2010, ’12, ’14), serving as the bench coach for two seasons (2018-19) and the hitting coach for eight (2010-17).
Meulens was among the group of candidates who interviewed for the Yankees’ managerial post after the 2017 season. Boone, Carlos Beltran, Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Chris Woodward were the others.
This marks a return to pinstripes for “Bam Bam,” who appeared in 182 Major League games over parts of seven seasons with the Yankees (1989-93), Expos (1997) and D-backs (1998).
In addition to his time in the Majors, the infielder/outfielder spent time in Nippon Professional Baseball (1994-96), Korea Baseball Organization (2000) and Mexican League (2000-02).
Meulens also played for Team Netherlands during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, the 2001 Baseball World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan, and the 2002 Intercontinental Cup in Havana, Cuba. He was the manager of Team Netherlands in the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classics, with the squad finishing fourth both times.
While playing for the Yankees’ former Triple-A Columbus affiliate, Meulens was named International League MVP in 1990 and was the league leader in home runs in 1992. In 2016, he was inducted into the International League’s Hall of Fame.