Eiland in 2012
|Kansas City Royals – No. 58|
|Pitcher / Coach|
July 5, 1966 |
Dade City, Florida
|August 3, 1988 for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 10, 2000 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Earned run average||5.74|
|Career highlights and awards|
David William Eiland (born July 5, 1966) is a former American professional baseball player who was a pitcher for ten Major League Baseball seasons. Eiland played college baseball for the University of Florida and the University of South Florida, and thereafter, played professionally for the New York Yankees, San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He is currently the pitching coach of the Kansas City Royals.
Eiland was born in Dade City, Florida.
Eiland accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for the Florida Gators baseball team. He later transferred to the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, and finished his collegiate career playing for the South Florida Bulls baseball team.
The New York Yankees selected him in the 7th round of the 1987 amateur draft and made his major league pitching debut with the Yankees in August, 1988. Used mainly in spot chances, Dave played in New York for 4 seasons, winning only 5 games. He was traded to the Padres in 1992 and did not win a game in 2 seasons despite starting in 9 games. Dave was sent back to the Yankees in 1995 and played for the expansion Devil Rays for 3 seasons before retiring in 2000. Dave played for 10 seasons, won 12, lost 27 with an ERA of 5.74.
Eiland was named International League Pitcher of the Year in 1990 while playing for the Columbus Clippers with a 16-5 record and a 2.87 ERA. Eiland is the only player in Major League Baseball history to give up a home run to the first batter he ever faced, (Paul Molitor), and hit a home run in his very first at-bat.
After retiring in 2000, Eiland joined the Yankees organization and worked as a pitching coach in the minor leagues. He coached the Gulf Coast Yankees in 2003, the Staten Island Yankees in 2004, the Trenton Thunder in 2005 and 2006, and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 2007. During his tenure in the Yankees farm system, Eiland oversaw the development of prospects including Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy.
Eiland replaced Ron Guidry as the Yankees pitching coach in 2008. It was speculated that his relationships with many of the young pitchers contributed to him being chosen as the new pitching coach for the Yankees. He took a personal leave of absence from the Yankees beginning on June 4, 2010, and returned to the team on June 29. "Besides being in my home, this is the most comfortable place in the world for me," he said upon returning. "This is what I do; this is what I have a passion for." Eiland was fired on October 25, 2010.
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