The ESPNNewYork.com report cited “a person with knowledge of the relationship” as saying that Eiland felt his opinions were “de-emphasized” after he rejoined the team in late June.
Eiland told the Daily News Saturday that the report couldn’t have been further from the truth.
“That’s absolutely ridiculous and simply not true,” Eiland said via email. “Joe and I have never had a problem nor do we now. He’s a solid baseball man and a great manager, and more importantly one of the best human beings I have ever met.”
This actually makes sense. The ESPN NY report seemed to make it out that this tension between Dave Eiland and manager Joe Girardi was the cause of Eiland’s ouster in the Bronx. But in reality, general manager Brian Cashman fired Eiland without so much as Girardi’s knowledge. Girardi even went as far as to say he assumed his entire coaching staff would return in 2011.
Eiland denied there was a rift between him and Girardi, but would not elaborate on why he was fired. We might never know exactly why he was fired. Cashman said it had nothing to do with what happened on the field so it likely has everything to do with what happened in June that caused him to leave the team for a month. Unfortunately, we may never find out what that was.