With Joe Girardi on the verge of returning to the Yankees, the team can shift its coaching focus to the Dave Eiland opening. Already, one of the top pitching coaches of all-time has already thrown his name into the mix during a morning interview on Gary and Phillips in the Morning on SIRIUS XM’s Mad Dog Radio.
Here’s the question and answer, as sent to me by radio station’s PR staff.
Host Gary Williams: “There are a lot of new staffs and, obviously, there’s an opening with the Yankees. Steve was effusive in praising you. Have you been contacted? I know you want back in. Any job in particular that is of interest to you?”
Leo Mazzone: “Yeah, there certainly is. And it has New York in front of it, too. I mean, it can be in the American League or the National League.”
Mazzone is one of the biggest names in the game, so it’s only natural that he would be asked about the potential of joining the the game’s biggest franchise. I have no idea whether the Yankees would be interested — he’s 62 years old and hasn’t coached in three years — but at the very least Mazzone isn’t ruling out the possibility.
I’ve mentioned it before, but these are the two names that standout to me as potential replacements for Eiland.
Current Orioles pitching coach
Girardi’s former pitching coach in Florida actually had some success with those young Marlins pitchers. He’s also had some success with some of the Orioles young pitchers (Jeremy Guthrie and Brian Matusz jump to mind). There’s also every reason to believe he won’t be back in Baltimore now that Buck Showalter is putting together his own staff. Showalter already seems to be leaning a different direction.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitching coach
When Eiland got the Yankees job in 2008, he’d spent the past five years in the minor leagues: Two in short-season ball, two in Double-A and one in Triple-A. Aldred is in the exact same spot, having just finished his fifth season as a minor league pitching coach: One in Low-A, two in Double-A and two in Triple-A. From 2007 through 2009, his staff led its league in ERA in three straight seasons.