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Cross Paul O'Neill off the hitting coach list

Paul O'Neill could hit. He and Joe Girardi were teammates both with the Yankees and during their beloved in-flight bridge games.

In the past, O'Neill has talked about maybe being a coach.

So, I thought, why not see if he is interested in the new opening?

"No," O'Neill said via phone Friday night.

O'Neill said he was unaware that Kevin Long had been fired. But it doesn't sound like he will be the one replacing Long. O'Neill said he was happy being an analyst for YES.

So cross one name off the list of possible new hitting coaches.