Yankees have no obvious favorite to replace Eiland

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Via Ken Davidoff, the Yankees do not have an obvious candidate to replace Dave Eiland as pitching coach, and will look both inside and outside the organization to fill the position. Dave Duncan signed a new contract with the Cardinals today, so thankfully we can put an end to that speculation before it even begins. Triple-A pitching coach Scott Aldred and roving pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras are the only in-house replacements I can come up with, but there’s bound to be more.

Meanwhile, Joe Girardi said he doesn’t expect there to be any more changes to his coaching staff even though all of their contracts are up. You’d have to think that hitting coach Kevin Long will get a nice big contract extension after his work in recent years.

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  • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

    1. Al Leiter
    2. Mike Harkey

    Bam. That happened.

    It’s probably easier to replace the bullpen coach anyway, and it seems as though the pitchers like Harkey.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      3. Brett Favre.


      • Howie

        Gee, I think he already has his hands full.

        • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          A third-full, at best.

          • Howie


        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Meh, he’ll be retired within a few weeks anyway.

          • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

            But could his ankle handle the trips to the mound during bad A.J. starts?

    • Howie

      I was gonna ask about Harkey. Then again, I have no idea what his impact is on this pitching staff.

      Would Leiter make for a good coach?

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      So from what I gather the replacements in no particular order

      1. Al Leiter
      2. Nard-Dawg
      3. Mark Mike Harkey
      4. David Cone
      5. Scott Aldridge

      • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        Righetti would be great, but there is no way he leaves the Giants.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        Aldridge Aldred

        DFA’s self.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I was about to ask if he was David and Andre’s white half-brother.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Lamarcus’ white uncle?

      • Mister Delaware

        Cone would be awesome.


    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      I too think it’ll be Harkey.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      When Harkey was the pitching coach for the 2006 Marlins, their pitching ERA was 4.37 and that’s with the likes of Dontrelle Willis and 3 rookies (Johnson, Sanchez, Nolasco.)

      • Howie

        I thought he was Girardi’s bullpen coach in Florida?

        • Howie

          Girardi’s pitching coach in Florida was Rick Kravitz

          • CP

            But you know the bullpen coach does all of the real work.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    I like Aldred, but howabout this:


    • Murakami

      Well, ahem…they say those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach, don’t they?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    What did the Yankees think of Joe Kerrigan when he was here? I know a lot of people don’t like him (he was an awful manager) but he was always pretty good with the Sox (as pitching coach). He may be a possibility unless he wore out his welcome.

  • vin

    If Harkey gets the promotion, how about Joba as the new bullpen coach?

    He’s spiraling down the pitching staff depth chart as it is.

  • vin

    My guess is they go completely off the board. I have no basis for this thinking… just a hunch.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Goose Gossage.


      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        Roger Clemens can be our pitching instructor and Barry Bonds can be our hitting instructor.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        Bring Back Louisiana Lightning!!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Not “off the board” enough.

          Here’s one:

          Oil Can Boyd.

          • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

            Scott Kamieniecki.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Brien Taylor.

              • dalelama

                Fritz Peterson

      • vin

        Two words…



  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Oh no, no Nardi. Keep him so he can use his magic for the kids.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig


      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Oh hush you know what I mean.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Gregory Maddux? I’ve seen his name get mentioned a bit.

    • JohnathanCold

      Interesting. Certainly knows how to pitch, but not sure he can teach others his craft.

  • steve s

    How about the Bobby Valentine of pitching coaches- Rick Peterson!

    • Murakami

      I can just see AJ doing Downward Facing Dog pose.

  • DallasGreen


    • vin

      Now that’d be somethin’.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      We were meant to be <3

      Except your name is Dallas, so if we ever had a romantic moment together, Dallas Braden would be the first to pop into my head – and that is quite unpleasant. </3

    • Rafael

      I like that

  • Frank

    I say the Yanks hire Mitch Williams. That would be classic.

    • vin

      ding ding ding…

      We have a winner.

      “Rob Dibble” would also have been acceptable.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I like this Ron Dibble suggestion.

        Our pitchers would pitch like their hair is on fire, and all those uppity broads in the front row will learn to put down their f#$%&ing blackberries while the game is being played and pay attention, damnit!


    • Anthony Murillo

      He’s still write articles about the Sox’s FIVE ACES.

      • Anthony Murillo



        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Perhaps by hiring him, we’d do the world a public service by keeping him too busy to ever write anything ever again.

  • vinny-b

    David Cone

  • James A

    Dwight Gooden… he’s available, right?

    • Anthony Murillo

      He should be Ron Washington’s pitching coach. Imagine that.

      • Bombers

        Lol and Daryl strawberry can be the hitting coach.

  • James A

    With the Red Sox now having a vacancy as well, I hope both teams settle on the same guy
    I’m getting bored with the player bidding wars, I want to do it with coaches

    • vin

      Like it matters. Whoever the Sox choose will be the right choice. At least that’s what “they” will tell us.

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    Paul O’Neill was removed from consideration when it was determined he’d pass along too many of his bulldog/warrior traits and we’d end up with an entire staff of relievers.

  • JerseyDutch

    Whitey Ford. Teach those kids how to throw a proper spitter.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      He should be Papelbon’s personal pitching coach. Once Papelbon abandoned the Splitter, he was terrible.

  • crawdaddy

    Gil Patterson might be possible, but he might be like Nardi that doesn’t want the grind of being a pitching coach at the major league level.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      As JobaWockeeZ suggested, we’re better off with Nardi luring minor leaguers into his van with promises of pixie stix anyway.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig


    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Gil Patterson might be possible, but he might be like Nardi that doesn’t want the grind crazy spotlight, insanely high expectations of instant and flawless miracle working, and short lifespan of being a pitching coach at the major league level.


  • Jerome S

    What’s Randy Johnson doing these days? I don’t expect anything, but it seems like we’re all throwing out the names of great pitchers who retired in the past decade.
    With that in mind, how ’bout Pedro?

  • JohnathanCold

    Tanyon Sturtze

  • BC-203

    I’d say the favorite should be Curt Young from the A’s. He decided not the re-up with them for next year and is great at developing talent, particularly Hughes. He is probably the top guy out there right now for us to pursue.

  • David

    I know a great one, but he’d need a day off every five days: Casey Kelly !!!11!!!111

    • vin

      He could also double as the hitting coach. And ace. And clean-up hitter. And manager. And GM.

  • DallasGreen

    JIM KAAT!!!

  • DallasGreen


  • http://incumbentgm.com Joltin’ Joe

    I like the Curt Young idea… did play for the Yanks for a short while after all.

  • Howie

    Rick Kravitz

    He was Girardi’s pitching coach in Florida, he’s been the pitching coach in Baltimore. If Buck wants his own people, Kravitz may become available.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    Pedro Martinez

    • mike c (LETS GO YANK KEEZ)

      don zimmer

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    Denny Green

  • FIPster Doofus

    Melky Cabrera

    • Murakami

      I understand Melk has enrolled in Umpiring School. He’s the right size now, and enjoys giving the “safe” sign. Since he enjoyed his time as a Yankee, maybe we’ll get some calls from him, even for our own little track star.

  • Xstar7

    How about Jim Abbott? That man is an inspiration.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Why do people always drop random players with zero coaching experience. This isn’t a mascot job. Didn’t Ron Guidry have to get fired in embarrassing fashion, and then lambasted throughout the media?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Why do people always drop random players with zero coaching experience.

      Because we’re being jovially stupid.

      (Well, most of us are, anyway.)

    • Xstar7

      Right. Poor Ron Guidry.

  • angel rodriguez

    My candidates for pitching coach are:

    Tom Seaver
    Orel Hershiser
    David Cone
    Ron Guidry
    Leo Mazzone

  • Xstar7

    I just saw an Interview on Espn where Nolan Ryan was asked if he thinks The SF Texas WS will go over well since most of America wanted a rematch of last year. Then he said he thinks it’s great for baseball because he thinks his team and the giants show teams can get this far without “buying the pennant”. I can smell he’s a Yankees hater. (By the way doesn’t he think they BOUGHT the pennant when they BOUGHT Cliff Lee? What a dumbass.)

    • Xstar7

      I’ve officially ruled out Nolan Ryan as Yankees pitching coach.

    • jon

      or how about the fact that his team was propped up by money from the MLB which they get directly from those big bad teams who “buy their pennants”

    • JerseyDutch

      So if they got that far against teams that tried to “buy the pennant,” it shows that you can’t really buy the pennant because you can still lose. Ha, I have you in the crushing grip of my logic, Nolan Ryan!

    • dan

      hey ,we r going to buy lee.enyoy him while u can………

    • Murakami

      So I see the man is not only a public nuisance, but an ass as well.

    • BC-203

      News flash, the Rangers didn’t BUY Cliff Lee, they traded one of their top prospects for him. All they paid to Cliff Lee was about half of his 2010 salary. That is hardly BUYING a pennant.

      (Not that I am against spending, I actually love when the Yankees outbid someone, but let’s get real. The Rangers did not buy themselves to the WS. They are there because they made good trades — Lee, Hamilton, Andrus, Feliz, and so on…)

  • Jackstrawelf

    Why should Kevin Long get a new contract, yeah he changed some swings but these guys were better hitters before they got here and I watched the postseason are hitting sucked. We had several players post career lows in batting average this season and our offense was no where near how it used to be. I watched the games, A-Rod changed his swing at least 3 times in the Postseason and still didnt hit. Maybe get a hitting coach who can hit. We used to rock 1000 runs a year, that hasnt happened in a while.

    Pitching coach I love the idea of David Cone, he changed pitching styles many times during his career to work with his stuff and for guys like AJ that would be a huge benefit.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

      Go read up about how great noted good hitters Yogi Berra and Ted Williams were at being hitting coaches.

      • Jackstrawelf

        yeah you are right, but I liked Mattingly and Chambliss as Yanks hitting coaches

    • Murakami


      K-Long managed to get Little Bitch to hit the ball out of the infield and to the opposite field.

      The man is an immortal.

    • http://nyystadiuminsider.com nick

      Is this intended for LoHud?

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Nick Swisher

    • Murakami

      No, he’s going into the bullpen to switch-pitch. Swish-pitch?

  • Jamie G.

    Leo Mazzone perpetually rocking back and forth in the dugout freaks me out…lol

  • Big Daddy

    I see they’ve listened to my suggestions. Dave Island was TERRIBLE. GOOD RIDDANCE!

  • Mike

    Joe Kerrigan, Curt Young, Mike Harkey, Don Cooper, Leo Mazzone, should be candidates to replace Eiland.

  • detroit_yankee

    Well, frankly I think it should be Lady Gaga…she can wear one of her ‘barely there’ outfits, stand on the top step of the dugout and every batter that gets two strikes on them, she can simply flash them or bend over to grab a gatorade cup and OOPS! strike three…

    Pitchers ERA would be a combined 0.23

    Plus she can sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. Cost savings.

  • Barry H

    Harkey was a disaster with AJ. Oh, wait, AJ was a disaster with everyone.

  • MikeD

    Joe Torre feels right.


  • Mattchu12

    Calling it now: Andy Pettitte returns to Yankees on a one-year deal, as the pitching coach.

    Oh snap.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Kei. Igawa. BOOM.

  • Dick Whitman

    Pat Venditte.

  • http://franklance godfather

    i’ll coach cc, mo and andy; you can coach sjb, hughes and joba; i see mike maddux and my pal rags as difference makers, but not even they can turn miracles; let long do it and give him double pay and his