Multiple reports have come out stating that Princeton native Gary Denbo is trading in his New York Yankee pinstripes and heading to the Miami to join the Marlins as the director of player development and amateur scouting.
Denbo has been the vice president of player development for the New York Yankees since 2014, leading to successful young stars including Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and other players start of with successful careers.
Denbo is the first hire of Derek Jeter, the new Miami Marlins CEO, and the two are connected from back during Jeter’s playing career. In 2011, Jeter credited Denbo for fixing his swing and getting him out of a slump during the 2011 season.
The Maimi Marlins position extends a long list of baseball careers Denbo has been a part of including a player-coach for the Cincinnati Reds AA club from 1986-89, Yankees minor leagues hitting coach from 1990-96, hitting coordinator for the Yankees organization in 1997, Assistant Minor League Director in 2000, Yankees hitting coach in 2001, as well as the American League All-Star team hitting coach the same year, a scout for the Cleveland Indians in 2002 and the hitting coach in Japan for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball from 2003-05.
Denbo was also the hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008 before returning to the Yankees in 2009. In 2014, the Princeton Community High School grad was the hitting consultant for the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team before beginning his tenure as the Vice President of Player Development for the Yankees in 2014.