AP: El Duque joins Yankees as minor league pitching instructor

2014 Season Preview: The Erstwhile Ace
Spring Training Game Thread: Under The Lights

Via the AP: Orlando Hernandez has joined the Yankees as a Spring Training minor league pitching instructor. The 48-year-old retired in 2011 and last pitched in the big leagues in 2007. This will be El Duque’s first coaching gig as far as I can tell and he’s slated to remain in Tampa for several weeks. Since he’s working with minor leaguers, I wonder if Hernandez will stick around for all or part of Extended Spring Training as well.

2014 Season Preview: The Erstwhile Ace
Spring Training Game Thread: Under The Lights
  • Mr. Roth

    Awesome to have him back around the team. No idea what he’ll be able to add to the organization as a coach, but he was always one of my favorite guys to watch pitch.

  • TWTR

    El Duque defined pitchbility.

  • vicki

    “what this staff needs is higher leg kicks.”

    • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

      I don’t necessarily want anyone pitching *like* El Duque because I’m not sure that works for everyone.

      But I certainly think he’s baseball smart enough to help out quite a bit.

  • Tanakapalooza Floozy

    Always one of my favorite guys from those amazing teams. And man did he have a few awesome years. Plus, that commercial where he walks in on Cone doing the Duque is fantastic. It’d be funny if a couple of our P prospects start imitating him as a result of his coaching. “Hey kid lemme show you something.”

  • nyyankfan_7

    This smells like an Andy Pettitte type un-retirement…..

    God I miss that leg kick

  • gageagainstthemachine

    And we’re positive he’s 48, right?

    • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

      I’m pretty sure Livan is at least 50

  • Darren

    They should have a session run by El Duque and Jorge Posada called “Fiery Battery Exchanges: 101”

  • Eselquetodolosabe

    Duque, Duque, Duque, Du, Du, Duque, Duque, Duque – No one can stop, EL DUQUE. Man-crush personified. Love that mofo.

  • cheddar

    World Series Game 7. You can have any Yankee starter ever, in his prime, starting for you.

    I choose Duque.

    • Mister D

      Duque definitely in my top 15 to 20.

  • Dirk Diggler

    I hope he teaches every pitcher on the staff that 62mph eephus pitch!

    Man, El Duque was always a favorite of mine. Really miss watching that guy pitch in pinstripes!

  • BigLoving

    One of my favorite non Yankee playoff moments is when the White Sox brought in El Duque with bases load no outs against the Red Sox and he struck out 3 straight to end the inning. If anyone can find me the video of that I’ll buy them a slice of pizza.

    • Bombulis


      I believe it’s the one that says, “El Duque gets out of jam”

      • Joe Dugan

        2 pop ups and a K. I think we have the same tendency to “enhance” our memories BigLoving!

        • BigLoving

          Maybe I am thinking of a game he pitching in the WS then? Who knows if I am going to enhance any memory it would be El Duque who I do it with. God dam I miss watching him pitch in big spots.