Former Kansas City Royals pitching coach is set to join Mickey Callaway‘s staff with the New York Mets as…his pitching coach.
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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.