Beltran closes out 2013 as a Yankee

Carlos Beltran is finally a Yankee. Beltran, who grew up a Yankees fan and more specifically a Bernie Williams fan, is now on the team he dreamed of playing with since he was his daughter’s age. Beltran, his wife Jessica, and their two daughters were invited to today’s press conference, where once again, the Yankees knew how to make the whole family feel welcome. The girls each received their own Yankees jackets before Cashman and Girardi made their presentations about how glad they were to welcome yet another veteran presence into the clubhouse.

Beltran, donning his #36 (Youkilis’ number last year, but most known by Yankee fans as David Cone’s old number), thanked God, his family, and the Yankees for helping this dream to come true. At age 36 (he will be 37 in April), Beltran’s 3-year $45 million contract means he will most likely end his career where his dreams started — in the Bronx. Beltran, a recent recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award for his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts in St. Louis, is also looking forward to reaching out to the community in New York and finding ways he and his family can be involved.

And the Yankee staff has been expanded/filled, mostly with Yankee veteran coaches of sorts.

Gary Tuck, a former scout, player, and coach, will take over as the bullpen coach, after the recent departure of beloved Mike Harkey to Arizona; Tuck has been with the organization in many capacities before throughout the last 30-ish years.

Trey Hillman also returns to the Yankees, now as a special assistant of operations; he had previously worked in the Yankees’ minor league through the 90’s, before spending time as a manager and bench coach at two other teams.

Mike Quade has been made the roving outfield and baserunning instructor; he was recently a Cubs’ manager for a couple of seasons and has nearly two decades of minor league coaching and managing experience.

And Matthew Krause spent the last 11 years with the Reds as their strength and conditioning coordinator and now will serve in that position with the Yankees.

A big welcome to everyone today, apparently!

And while there are some new rumors brewing, I’m signing off for the rest of 2013 (short of a major development). I hope you all enjoy your holidays, safe and sound with families, friends, and loved ones. I will return Monday, January 6, 2014, with anticipation and hope that 2014 will bring that 28th Championship back home to the Bronx. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season, and a very happy new year!

Thank you all for your support in 2013! See you in 2014 for the countdown to Spring Training!

Go Yankees!

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