Dave Eiland Goes to Work for Tampa Rays

Via Joel Sherman of the NY Post:

Rays haven’t announced it, but I have heard they hired former Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland to work in an executive capacity.

So Eiland hooks on with the team that he last played for during his major league career. He’s also closer to where he lives in Florida which means that he can more easily deal with whatever took him away from the Yankees, and ultimately cost him his job, for the month of June.

Eiland became the Yankees pitching coach midway through the 2008 season. He was supposed to be brought in to work with the Yankees new crop of young pitchers, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, and Ian Kennedy. Ultimately only Hughes has had success in the Bronx.

He was also unsuccessful while working with a few veterans like A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez. When he was fired Brian Cashman cited only his time away from the team this year as the only problem though.

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