Tag:Dave Eiland
Posted on: November 19, 2010 5:00 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 5:10 pm
 

Yanks hire Rothschild as pitching coach

Larry Rothschild Larry Rothschild, the pitching coach for the Cubs the last nine years, has signed a three-year deal to serve in the same position with the Yankees, the team announced. That leaves the Cubs with an opening on their staff.

Rothschild replaces Dave Eiland, who was not asked to return to the team.

Rothschild was the first manager in Tampa Bay Rays history. He was let go early in the 2001 season, spent the rest of the season with the Marlins as a consultant before hooking on with the Cubs in 2002.

UPDATE: Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that Rothschild released a statement saying he left for "personal and family-based" reasons, noting Rothschild's family lives in Tampa, where the Yankees train.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 9:36 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 9:39 pm
 

Eiland denies rift with Girardi; Aldred favorite

Eiland, Girardi Pitching coach Dave Eiland (picture, left), fired by the Yankees after New York's season concluded, put to rest the speculation he and manager Joe Girardi did not get along.

"Totally, absolutely false," Eiland told the New Jersey Star-Ledger via text message on Sunday. "Ridiculous."

ESPN New York has cited a source saying that Eiland and Girardi (picture, right) had a falling out after the pitching coach took off almost a month in-season to tend to a presonal matter. The report had Eiland's opinions "de-emphasized."

The Star-Ledger notes that Girardi and Eiland always seemed to have a close working relationship, getting to the point where the two did not need to discuss who to bring in from the bullpen on any given day given the two always seemed in agreement.

There is some thought that the month-long absence is what doomed Eiland in the eyes of GM Brian Cashman, but he is remaining tight-lipped about the matter, except to say that internal candidates Mike Harkey and Scott Aldred would be considered for the job along with outside candidates.

In the Sunday notes section of the Boston Globe , Nick Cafardo tabs Aldred as the favorite to take over.

Aldred, the Triple-A pitching coach, spent two years in the position after serving as pitching coach for the Yankees' Double-A affiliate from 2007-08. Aldred spent nine season in the majors, most recently appearing for the Phillies in 2000. His tenure took him through the AL East once, with Aldred serving as a reliever for the then-Devil Rays from 1998-99.

He did have experience with the Yankees and Red Sox, however. In 2001, he pitched for the Yankees' Double-A affiliate -- the very same team he would go on to be pitching coach for six years later -- and then followed that up with the Dodgers in 2002. In 2003, he pitched in the Red Sox system and then spent the next two years in the independent leagues before retiring thanks to elbow trouble.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 1:03 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 4:03 pm
 

Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

Dave Eiland
The Yankees' postmortem meeting with reporters today featured a lot of hemming and hawing and the usual "we'll see" attitude toward most offseason issues, right up until general manager Brian Cashman made a surprising announcement: pitching coach Dave Eiland has been fired.

"I'm not going to comment on what the reasons are. They're private," Bryan Hoch of MLB.com quoted Cashman via Twitter as saying (the news conference is still ongoing). Cashman said Eiland was not being fired due to the Yankees' pitching performance in the ALCS, which the Yankees lost to Texas in six games.

Eiland, who pitched parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues, joined the Yankees organization following his retirement in 2000. He was named major-league pitching coach in 2008. He took a leave of absence from June 4-29 of this season.

"He's not being blamed for what took place [in the postseason]," Cashman said, according to the New York Daily News. "I hope you believe me on that. ... He’s a terrific pitching coach and he should have no problem getting a job."

Eiland had been mentioned as a possible candidate for pitching coach openings in Boston, Baltimore and Toronto, but for him to be fired outright from the Yankees wasn't expected, at least not so quickly.

UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun points out that Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz would be a natural candidate to replace Eiland. Kranitz worked with Yankees manager Joe Girardi in Florida for one year in 2006, winning Baseball America 's Major League Coach of the Year Award. New Baltimore manager Buck Showalter has yet to tell any of his coaches whether they have jobs for next year.

-- David Andriesen

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