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The Staten Island Yankees, the New York-Pennsylvania League affiliate of the World Champion New York Yankees, are proud to announce their 2000 Field Staff.  Joe Arnold returns to the helm to skipper the Staten Island Yankees for the second straight year.  Joining Arnold’s staff in 2000 are hitting coach Kevin Higgins and pitching coach, former New York Mets and Yankees pitcher Neil Allen.   

The 52-year-old Arnold returns to Staten Island after compiling a 39-35 record and fifth-place finish in the McNamara Division in the inaugural season of the Staten Island Yankees in 1999.  The Yankees finished two-and-a-half games behind the eventual League Champion Hudson Valley Renegades, marking the first time in Arnold’s four-year professional career that his club failed to reach the playoffs.  The Daytona, FL native has has guided his teams to a 123-91 record and a .575 winning percentage in three seasons as the New York Yankees’ Short-Season Single-A manager. 

“I was surprised that the Yankees wanted me to continue to manage,” said Arnold.  “I now have added responsibilities as a Crosschecker for the east coast and I will be scouting all the way up to the draft in June.  However, I love managing.  It is a nice change from scouting.  I am happy to be returning to Staten Island because I like working with the younger kids and I think the front office staff did a tremendous job in the first year and I expect things to run even better this year.”  

 Neil Allen joins the Yankees Minor League Staff after spending the last four seasons as a pitching coach in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization.  The former major leaguer is no stranger to the New York-Penn League, having spent three seasons (1996, 98, 99) as the pitching coach of the St. Catharines Stompers.  In eleven major league seasons, the Sarasota, FL resident went 58-70 with 75 saves for the New York Mets (1979-1983), St. Louis Cardinals (1983-85), Chicago White Sox (1986-87), New York Yankees (1985, 87-88) and Cleveland Indians (1989).  He is one of 65 major league players to play for both the Yankees and Mets. 

“I like working with the young kids at the lower levels,” said Allen.  “The Yankees contacted me to see if I was interested and I said lets go for it.  I played with both the Mets and Yankees, so I know what it is like to perform in New York.  Being in Staten Island certainly excites me.”

 Kevin Higgins joins the Baby Bombers’ staff as the team’s hitting coach.  Higgins, like Allen, is no stranger to the NY-Penn League.  The Carmichael, CA resident managed the Vermont Expos in 1996-97, leading the Montreal farm team to a NY-Penn League Title in 1996.  The 1996 NY-Penn League manager of the year is currently the Head Baseball Coach at American River College in Sacramento, CA.         

“How often does someone get the opportunity to work for the greatest professional sports organization in the world?” said Higgins.  “I am really excited about being back in the NY-Penn League.  My family and I are looking forward to getting back to the east coast.” 

E.J. Amo returns as the Staten Island Yankees’ trainer for the second straight season. 

The Staten Island Yankees are preparing for their second season at the College of Staten Island before moving into their permanent home in St. George in 2001.


Joe Arnold, 2000 Staten Island Yankees Manager

            Personal:  Age: 52  Born: 2-26-47 in Daytona, FL; Resides: Lakeland, FL

            Married: Beverly; Children: Jill, (29) and Joey (27);

            Named Manager: 1-12-00

Career Highlights:  Joe begins his fourth season as minor league manager in the New York Yankees organization.  He spent his first two seasons skippering the Oneonta Yankees of the New York-Penn League, capturing two Pinckney Division Titles (97, 98)...Oneonta was named co-champions with the Auburn Doubledays in 1998…Coached in college ranks for 18 seasons…Spent first seven seasons at Florida Southern University (1977-‘83), compiling a 316-69 record, while leading them to six straight Division II World Series appearances (1978-83)…Won two Division II National Championships (1979 and 1981)…The following 11 years at the University of Florida (1984-1994), where he led the Gators to a 434-244 record with six trips to the NCAA tournament and two College World Series appearances…Spent the 1995-96 seasons as college baseball analyst for the Sunshine Network…Earned his Bachelor and Master degrees at Arizona State University, where he was also a second baseman…Began coaching at Florida Southern after retiring from playing in the Houston Astros organization in 1970. 

Managerial Record (Three Seasons)

Year Club Class Finished Won Lost Pct.
1997 Oneonta Short-A 1st 49 25 .662
1998 Oneonta Short-A 1st 45 31 .592
1999 Staten Island  Short-A 5th 39 35 .527
        133 91  .594



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