More or less echoing Joe Girardi’s comments at the end of the season, former Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland said he fully expected to be back in pinstripes until a call from Brian Cashman telling him he was not being re-hired.
Eiland told ESPNNewYork he was “pretty shocked” by the decision. Cashman said, “He knows why” the decision was made.
“There’s no bad blood, no hard feelings, no animosity at all,” Eiland said. “I don’t necessarily agree with the decision they made, but I respect it. There’s a lot of great people there. I wish them the best, but when we go up against those guys I’m gonna give everything I have to beat them.”
Eiland’s version of events pretty much fits with Girardi, who said he expected to have his staff back until Cashman said the team would go in another direction. Once again, neither Cashman nor Eiland elaborated on the reasons for the change or the reasons for Eiland’s month-long absence.
“Can Phil Hughes repeat his 18 win season? Can Ivan Nova or Sergio Mitre step into that fourth or fifth spot? There’s a lot of questions,” Eiland said. “They got a bit of work to do if they want to catch up to Boston’s starting staff or match up with the Rays’ starting staff as well. They didn’t get the big fish they wanted in Cliff Lee, but obviously, the Yankees have the resources to get what they need when they need it. I’m sure Brian Cashman and his staff will do what they have to do.”
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