Former Kansas City Royals pitching coach is set to join Mickey Callaway‘s staff with the New York Mets as…his pitching coach.
Anyway, not announced by the club, but sources tell Newsday that Dave Eiland is the next Mets pitching coach.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) November 1, 2017
Kansas City won two American League Pennants and a World Series Championship during Eiland’s tenure, beating the Mets in the 2015 Fall Classic. He’s largely credited for turning Danny Duffy into a legitimate ace and getting mediocre veterans like Edinson Volquez and Jason Vargas to exceed expectations.
The 51-year-old had a 10-year career as a pitcher in the majors, one that began with the New York Yankees in 1988. In 92 games (70 starts), he went 12-27 with a 5.74 ERA and 1.56 WHIP.
He does have a connection to Callaway, the team’s new manager. The two were teammates in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, both in the big leagues and with Triple-A Durham.
Eiland replaces Dan Warthen, who served as the Mets pitching coach from 2008-2017.