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The Yankees put pitching coach candidates to the test

Nov 17, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

kobayashi-maru_l

Like, literally, a test:

Cashman has devised a process by which candidates fly up to New York, are given a specially culled videotape of Yankees pitchers to watch in the video room at Yankee Stadium, given a night to think about what they have seen and formulate solutions, and then present them in a rigorous Q&A session the following day.

“The process is the most important aspect,” Cashman said. “It’s designed to tell us everything. Who they are as people, what their pitching philosophies are, what their pitching program and plans are, how they utilize video, how they utilize information, how do they incorporate advance scouting in formulating how to attack hitters, and if they can see things that are obviously good or bad. There are certain things on the video that are set up that we are looking for them to pick up on.”

This is totally cool, by the way.  It’s like the Kobayashi Maru or something.  I guess the guy they ultimately hire should be whoever cheats on the test.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Nov 17, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    This really is a simple process- If they show them AJ or the FAT TOAD and their head explodes (not even an overnight wait) they’re hired.

  2. BC - Nov 17, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Oh cool! A Kirstie Alley picture from back when she was hot! Thanks Craig! You made my day….

  3. Panda Claus - Nov 17, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    One overnight stay in NY = one free consultation from a professional pitching coach about our team’s problems. Sounds cutting edge to me. This sort of thing is probably done all the time in other businesses.

  4. apbaguy - Nov 17, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    OMG, the Kobiyashi Maru test (there is no winning answer: it tests your judgement under extreme conditions-Love that movie!).

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 17, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    I was hoping, after seeing the picture for this post, that whichever coach can do a spot-on Shatner impression gets the gig.

  6. Mauer's Sideburns - Nov 17, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    They will also test the potential hires on how they would describe the player in which they are studying on tape. Extra credit to those who describe Mariano Rivera as “Blue Collar” and A.J. Burnett as a “Naturally Gifted Athlete.”

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