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Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

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

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2010 3:39 pm
 

Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

Why not get rid of hitting coach Kevin Long instead? In a lineup full of potential .300 hitters, only 1 did! That's pathetic! Face it, this team CAN'T HIT!




Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2010 3:07 pm
 

Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

Good luck fixing either of those guys. They hurt the Yankees tremendously this year. Also, when Eiland was away, Burnett really went downhill after that. I suspect, if Eiland needed more time away from the team in the future, the Yankees would not allow him to do that. It is unfortunate for him, but someone else in the AL East will benefit if they pick him up. Expect the Yankees hated rival Red Sox to pick him up in a heartbeat because they just lost Harrell to Toronto and I would say that Boston may have already known that Eiland was on his way out. Maybe more information will come out later.



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2010 2:53 pm
 

Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

  Yes, Girardi should go, but Cashman likes him.   The guy who should leave is Cashman.   There are a number of questionable moves on Cashman's part but the move without question that was pure stupidity was the bringing back of Javier Vazquez.   Vazquez can pitch anywhere excpet in NY.   What was Cashman trying to prove by reacquiring him?    Also, sending Austin Jackson for Granderson was another poor move.    It's not Eiland.....it's Cashman!!!



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2010 2:51 pm
 

Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

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

An addition to my post...we shoudl read between the lines...



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2010 2:50 pm
 

Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

It's pretty obvious that for whatever reason he took that leave of absence was for something that never went public and he was fired for that issue. We will find out when he interviews for those job opening and doesn't get hired unless the other organizations are willing to overlook whatever it was...

Either way, it's a shame because I thought he was an excellent pitching coach and it wasn't the pitching necessarily which lost the series. It was the lack of situational hitting and Joe Girardi's questionable moves including mishandling of the pitching staff in certain games.



Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2010 2:45 pm
 

Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

I am die-hard Yankee fan and he became the fall guy. Girardi should be fired and he can take that frggin binder with him.  I guess they want someone to come in and "fix" Burnett and Chamberlain. 


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Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2010 2:31 pm
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Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2010 2:27 pm
 

Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

Who cares about the manager and coaches?  They're not the problem.  It's the payroll, which has been more of less static for several years.  Time to rachet it up to the $300 million level.  This increase will allow the organization to buy five or six all-star-level players.  Couple of starters, set-up guy in pen, and the rest everyday players.  Losing to Texas was insane and must not be repeated.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2010 2:17 pm
 

Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

I'm a die hard Yankees fan too. I hope he does end up with you guys. Always love to see the guys they let go, trade etc do well and come back to shove it in our faces. Rumor is hitting coach Long not far behind, but the one who should go is the real Clueless Joe.




Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

typical yankee kneejerk reaction...or maybe cliff lee has a pitching coach he prefers?


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