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Dave Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

Oct 25, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

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We weren’t expecting this: Brian Cashman is having his season-in-review press conference at Yankee Stadium, and he just announced that pitching coach Dave Eiland won’t be returning in 2011. Cashman said that the reason for the firing is “private,” but that it’s not a result of the Yankees’ poor pitching performance in the ALCS.

The reason behind any given move in the Yankee Universe is hard to suss out these days. Unlike back when The Boss was running things, you can’t assume that things are done out of anger or emotion, though of course that could be possible. Unless my old reliable for any unexplained firing — the pilfering of office supplies — is revealed as the reason, my guess is that there were just fundamental disagreements between Eiland ans Girardi about how best to use the staff, how best to figure out A.J. Burnett (Eiland: shock therapy, Girardi: a sound beating) or whatever other pedestrian matters come between a manager and one of his coaches.

And I would guess that Girardi is on board here. All emanations from the Yankees are that they have full confidence in him and Girardi is clear on saying he wants to come back. Indeed, right after announcing the firing of Eiland, Cashman made a point to say that he would be meeting with Girardi’s agent tomorrow to discuss a contract extension.

  1. Kevin S. - Oct 25, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Eiland took a month-long leave of absence during the season, the reason for which the Yankees refused to disclose. If whatever that was is a continuing issue, Cashman may have decided that it impeded his ability to perform his responsibilities, and that would result in a “private” reason for the firing.

    • bobbychez - Oct 25, 2010 at 1:37 PM

      It was not mentioned that he was fired, this may have been a mutual agreement to part ways.

      • Kevin S. - Oct 25, 2010 at 1:50 PM

        Cashman said it was his own decision. I think if it was mutual, they would have put that out there.

    • bobbychez - Oct 25, 2010 at 2:06 PM

      Ah, did not see that. Was just going by what was posted here, silly me thinking all the data would be in this posting.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 25, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Strikeouts were down for every Yankee pitcher. Burnett and Vazquez were completely lost. Hughes gave up eleventy million hits and walks after 0-2 counts, and so on and so on. The main reason he got the job was because he had worked with Joba and Phil in the minors, but I don’t think their minor league experiences are relevant anymore.

    Maybe they will snatch the dude who just left Oakland.

    • bloodysock - Oct 25, 2010 at 2:43 PM

      Rumor has it that Young is headed to Arizona after departing Oakland.

  3. pisano - Oct 25, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    I don’t think this is the case , but if the Yankees think Eiland’s failure to help A.J. is cause for his departure , I’ve got news for them , Jesus Christ can’t help A.J. the guys a head case .

  4. bloodysock - Oct 25, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Suzyn Waldman will announce that Roger Clemens will be the new pitching coach.

  5. evanava - Oct 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Cashman said that the reason for the firing is “private,” but that it’s not a result of the Yankees’ poor pitching performance in the ALCS.

    Doesn’t anybody read the article for which the commment on…

  6. jfk69 - Oct 26, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    Point one…You take a month off for personal reasons during the season. RED FLAG
    Point two…Joba …still lost.
    Point four…Seems to work better at the minor league level with developing young pitchers. Maybe over matched dealing with major league starters.
    Of course very hard to coach when only have Sabbathia and Hughes in his first season as a starter.

  7. BC - Oct 26, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Could be medical-related or something of that nature. Publicly commenting on that will get you sued off the face of the earth.

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