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Former player, coach makes return

11/11/2003 - New York Yankees

NEW YORK -- Former Yankee Roy White was hired Tuesday as the
team's first-base coach, and Luis Sojo will replace Lee Mazzilli as
third-base coach.

Under New York's original plan, Mazzilli was to move from first
to third base coach and take over for Willie Randolph, who is
replacing Don Zimmer as bench coach. Sojo was to have gone to first
base.

But the Yankees reshuffled after Baltimore hired Mazzilli on
Friday as its manager.

"Roy was very helpful during his tenure as a special instructor
in spring training and obviously knows the Yankee way," New York
manager Joe Torre said. "He's a tireless worker who is a credit to
the uniform."

White was the team's bench coach in 1983 and its first-base
coach in 1984 and 1986. He was a special assignment instructor in
1995 and a roving outfield instructor from 1996-98. He spent the
past five seasons as Oakland's Triple-A hitting coach.

"Roy White is a classy guy and was an extremely talented
player," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said. "Roy always
conducted himself as a real Yankee. It's great to have all of his
experience back in pinstripes."

White played with the Yankees from 1965-79 and was a two-time
All-Star, winning World Series titles in 1977 and 1978.