How the Yankees are Conducting their Pitching Coach Interviews

While Brian Cashman has been at the GM meetings in Florida the interviews have been on hold. The reason for that is because the Yankees have been very methodical in their interview process which actually needs to take place in the Bronx.

Confused? Anthony DiComo of MLB.com explains:

As part of the process to find the club’s next pitching coach, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi have been presenting candidates with identical six-hour blocks of game film, grilling them both about their own pitchers and opposing teams’ hitters. They want to see if the candidates have the same eye for pitching that they do, if the candidates can spot the same strengths and inconsistencies that they can.

There will be no need for second-round interviews, because the Yankees have exhausted each candidate with intensive two-day sessions. In that manner, they hope, they will come to the best possible decision regarding a replacement for Dave Eiland, whom the team dismissed as pitching coach last month.

“It’s like a simulator,” Cashman said Tuesday at the General Managers Meetings. “I’m getting what I need: information.”

Through their video-intensive interview process, the team has safeguarded itself against smooth talkers and strong interviewers. The Yankees care about personality, yes, but they care more about ability. And because they rely so heavily on video throughout the season, the Yankees want to hire a pitching coach who boasts the same eye for detail.

If they believe one of their pitchers has a slight mechanical flaw, for example, they want to make sure their new coach can spot it, too. If they think an opposing hitter has proven vulnerable to low-and-outside sliders, they want their new pitching coach to reach the same conclusion.

It’s very rare that we get this kind of insight into an interview process like this so I wanted to make sure to pass this along. I have to say that I am impressed. This type of process is in depth and smart. Instead of just getting the big name coach, they’ll get someone who is going to do the job up to their satisfaction. By doing it this way if they don’t like the job the coach does they have nobody to blame but themselves.

Great article. I tried to get you the juicy part, but I recommend reading the entire thing.

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