Girardi replaces Randolph as Yanks' bench coach
NEW YORK -- Mel Stottlemyre will return as pitching coach of the New York Yankees next year, then retire after the 2005 season.
Stottlemyre has been pitching coach since manager Joe Torre was hired before the 1996 season.
"I've been talking about retirement for about three years," Stottlemyre said Wednesday. "Each year I've changed my mind at the end of the season. I'll be 64 years old at this time at the end of next year, and it's probably time."
Joe Girardi will replace Willie Randolph as bench coach. Girardi, who caught for the Yankees from 1996-99, retired when he was cut by New York at the end of spring training and was a broadcaster for the YES network during the season.
Randolph was hired last week as manager of the New York Mets.
New York said Don Mattingly will return for his second season as hitting coach. The Yankees did not address the status of third-base coach Luis Sojo, first-base coach Roy White and bullpen coach Rich Monteleone.
Neil Allen, the pitching coach at Triple-A Columbus, might replace Monteleone.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press