Royals Name Dave Eiland Pitching Coach
KANSAS CITY, MO (October 25, 2011) – The Kansas City Royals today announced that the club has named Dave Eiland as the Major League Pitching Coach.
“We are delighted to have Dave join our coaching staff,” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said. “He is an extremely talented pitching coach and a proven winner who has the ability to relate to the young pitchers who are transitioning to the Majors. He has also shown effectiveness in working with established pitchers. Ned and our entire baseball operations staff have strong convictions about Dave’s ability to make a positive difference with our pitching staff.”
Eiland (pronounced: “Island”), 45, served the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011 as a special assistant to Andrew Friedman after working from 2008-2010 as the New York Yankees pitching coach, including helping the Yankees to 103 wins and a World Series title in 2009. New York pitchers combined to strike out 1,260 batters in 2009; the franchise’s second-highest total in history. Prior to his time as the Major League pitching coach, Eiland spent five seasons as the pitching coach in the Yankees minor league system as three separate levels. As a player, he appeared in 92 career Major League games, including 70 starts, over 10 seasons with the Yankees (1988-91, 1995), San Diego Padres (1992-93) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-2000) and compiled a 12-27 career record with a 5.74 ERA.
Eiland and his wife, Sandra, have two daughters, Nicole and Natalie, and reside in Wesley Chapel, Fla.