New York Yankees Have Options in Pitching Coach Search

Double G SportsCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2010

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: (L-R) CC Sabathia #52, Mike Harkey #57, Phil Hughes #65 and Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees talk during a workout session at Yankee Stadium on October 12, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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With the New York Yankees and manager Joe Girardi having ironed out a new three-year deal, general manager Brian Cashman can focus on finding a pitching coach. After firing Dave Eiland, the Yankees priority will be to find his replacement.

It appears Cashman and Girardi will have options as they begin their search. A handful of names have been mentioned as possibilities, some with ties to Girardi and others with plenty of experience.

Three in-house options will likely be considered.

Mike Harkey could be promoted from his current role as bullpen coach. Harkey was a member of Girardi’s coaching staff in Florida in 2006 and came with him to the Yankees in 2008.  In between those jobs, Harkey was the pitching coach for the Iowa Cubs, a minor league team. The former major league pitcher filled in for former Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland this year when Eiland left the team for personal reasons.

Harkey appeared in 131 games and ended his injury riddled career with an even 36-36 record and 4.49 ERA. A former first round pick, Harkey pitched for the Chicago Cubs, the Colorado Rockies, the Oakland A’s, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Los Angeles Dodgers throughout his career.

Triple-A pitching coach Scott Aldred is another option. Aldred has been coaching in the Yankees minor league system since 2007. He was the Trenton Thunder pitching coach in 2007 and 2008 before being moved up to Triple-A in 2009. 

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