AP: El Duque joins Yankees as minor league pitching instructor


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.


  1. Mr. Roth says:

    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.

  2. TWTR says:

    El Duque defined pitchbility.

  3. vicki says:

    “what this staff needs is higher leg kicks.”

    • Matt DiBari says:

      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.

  4. Tanakapalooza Floozy says:

    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.”

  5. nyyankfan_7 says:

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

    God I miss that leg kick

  6. gageagainstthemachine says:

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

  7. Darren says:

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

  8. Eselquetodolosabe says:

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

  9. cheddar says:

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

    I choose Duque.

  10. Dirk Diggler says:

    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!

  11. BigLoving says:

    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.

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