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Yankees Bringing Back Entire Coaching Staff For 2014

Bombers Retain All Girardi's Guys From Last Season
Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long with Alex Rodriguez. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long with Alex Rodriguez. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – While the team may look a whole lot different in 2014, the New York Yankees coaching staff will remain the same.

The club announced Friday that all members of manager Joe Girardi’s support system will return next season, including hitting coach Kevin Long and pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

The Yankees stayed in the playoff hunt until the final stretch of the season despite a multitude of injuries to key players. They finished 85-77.

“I give those (coaches) a lot of credit,” Long told Sweeny Murti during WFAN’s hot stove show Wednesday. “Everybody just kept pushing, kept plugging away, and kept staying positive just trying to create a good environment for our players to work in. At the end of the day, obviously we were undermanned, but we held our own.”

Girardi signed a four-year extension last month.

How the rest of the team looks remains to be seen. All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and pitcher Hiroki Kuroda were extended qualifying offers this week. Starting pitcher Phil Hughes is also a free agent. The Yankees lost Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera this year to retirement.

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