Saturday, November 30, 2013

List Of Potential Replacements For Mike Harkey

Mike Harkey got a pitching coach job with the Arizona Diamondbacks leaving a hole in the Yankees bullpen coach seat and George A King released a list of possible replacements. The list includes internal options like Cal Eldred as well as outside of the organization replacements.

Cal Aldred is currently the Scranton Wilkes Barre pitching coach and is seemingly the early favorite to replace Harkey as the bullpen coach as he was interviewed by the Diamondback as well. The Yankees have a couple of other internal options including Greg Pavlick, Gil Patterson, Tom Nieto, and Julio Mosquera. Pavlich is a senior pitching instructor with the team and spent time as a bullpen coach in the 80's and 90's with the New York Mets. Patterson is a minor league pitching instructor in the organization with experience as a former Blue Jays pitching coach. Nieto was a big league catcher for seven seasons and was the Yankees catching instructor in the 2000 and 2001 season and was also the Mets first base coach in 2008. Mosquera has been the Yankees catching coordinator for the past eight seasons and is very involved during the Yankees Spring Training work outs.

Former Manager of the Year Dave Miley, formerly of the Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders and a quick term as a manager in the Dominican Winter League, is also available. Miley was a minor league catcher for seven seasons in the Red system and managed the Reds from 2003 to the mid way point of the 2005 season.

There are also a few options outside of the organization including Gary Tuck who was the Yankees bullpen coach way back in 1990 and recently was the Yankees catching instructor in the 1998 and 1999 seasons tutoring now manager Joe Girardi. Tuck was also the Marlins bench coach under Joe Girardi in 2006. From 2007 - 2012 Tuck was the Boston Red Sox's bullpen coach.

If I had to rank the candidates I would have to think that Aldred is the early favorite followed by Tuck and then a cluster of everyone else.

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