Magruder: Diamondbacks to name Mike Harkey pitching coach

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Via Jack Magruder: The Diamondbacks are set to name Mike Harkey their new pitching coach on Monday. Good for him. Harkey, 47, has been the Yankees’ bullpen coach since 2008 and he is one of Joe Girardi‘s closest friends and confidants. Obviously the team will need to dig up a replacement now. Triple-A pitching Scott Aldred, who also interviewed for the D’Backs pitching coach gig, could be a candidate for the job.

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Sherman: Yankees are "more upbeat" Kuroda will return for 2014
  • forensic

    Damn, how are they going to find someone else who can answer a phone AND read a baseball lineup at the same time???

  • CashmanNinja

    This is a real shame. It’s not because I don’t think he can do a fantastic job, but more along the lines of hoping he’d be the one to take over once Rothschild is ready to step down. He would have been a fantastic internal option, but oh well. It would have been cruel to just have him toil away in the ‘pen. I feel he’s a big reason for a lot of the success our bullpen has had recently and I think he’s going to be fantastic for the D-Backs. Congrats to him…and I think he’ll be missed.

  • MooCow

    Huge loss.
    Harkey has to be 6’5″ and 270.

    • TWTR

      Yeah, he looked like the bullpen bouncer.

    • http://www.thebronxempire.com The Bronx Empire

      Haha…so true.

      Too early for Pettitte to fill this?? Probably, but is anybody going to complain? Nope

  • RetroRob

    Oh, no. They’ve lost their bullpen coach!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Damn, I liked Mike Harkey quite a bit.

    Who’s going to run into the bullpen and catch home runs now? >:|

  • Regis
  • Bob

    How much money is the promotion from bullpen to pitching coach worth?

  • Pinkie Pie

    Dammit. I liked Mike Harkey a lot, albeit for no other reason than his intimidating presence.

  • Nathan

    Who is going to give those huge bear hugs now?

  • Steve (different one)

    Hire Cone. He’ll teach those guys how to build arm strength in the bullpen. Don’t even need a shake weight.

  • soxhata

    Hire Jim Leyritz.Poor guy needs a new start.

  • steve

    Bring in a vet. Mike Stanton will do.