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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The firing of Willy Randolph may not have been a big surprise to Mets fans, but kicking pitching coach Rick Peterson to the curb along with him was a different story. The pitching has been the Mets (only) strong point this season and he's been known to work wonders with both struggling youngsters and fading oldsters both in New York and at his previous post in Oakland. With the A's he worked with Zito, Mulder, and Hudson, all of whom proved to be solid starters while under Rick's tutelage; with the Mets, Perez, Feliciano, and Glavine all benefited from his coaching. He's known to be great at relating to each pitcher individually, helping them draw parallels between pitching and their personal life and interests - for example, with Zito he related pitching to surfing. He's a very cerebral dude and doesn't give up on any pitcher, regardless of how poorly they've been pitching.

All this makes me think about our dear Hughsie and I-Ken, who've been struggling (to say the least) to get the job done despite the fact that all the Powers That Be see a lot of raw talent in each of them. I wonder if Ricky P could work some of his magic on those two and turn them around? I know Dave Eiland is a popular hombre, but is he getting the job done? That's not a rhetorical question... I really don't know how effective he has been with his pitching staff. Hughsie's and IPK's performances this year lead me to question his ability to work with struggling youngsters. With Wang out - possibly for the remainder of the season (insert teary-eyed sad face here) - the Yanks desperately need Hughes and Kennedy to perform at least half-decently when they return from the DL Resort and Casino, and I'm just not sure Guidry is up to the task.

The Yanks have been playing very well lately, but they can't bank on the offense scoring 8+ runs every game or Mike "I'm Like a Box of Chocolates; You Never Know What You're Gonna Get" Mussina busting out steller starts every 5 days. Could Ricky be the man for the job? Should the Steinbrothers and the Cash Man start considering a change in their coaching staff? What dost thou think?

posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, June 18, 2008  
  • At 10:32 AM, Blogger Jason said…

    totally agree. File it under "he couldn't do any worse, could he?"

  • At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Tree said…

    psst, the Yankees pitching coach is currently Dave Eiland. He was a pitching something or another in the minor leagues and brought up with all the young pitchers.

  • At 10:54 AM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    woops... forgot about that coaching change! thank you ;)

  • At 11:11 AM, Anonymous mets guy said…

    I will miss The Jacket, and his Eastern Philosophy :(

  • At 11:13 AM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    Why not bring him in as a "pitching consultant" or some other made up position that would allow him to work with the pitchers along with Eiland? Two minds are better than one right? Hank and Hal excluded......

  • At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yes on pitching coach change. Anybody think Willie might consider a change to bench coach for his old team?

  • At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Yankees went that route once before a few years ago an brought in the former RedSox manager and so-called pitching guru, Joe Kerrigan. That didn't work out too well and i'm not sure bringing in Peterson would be much better. And by bringing in someone like Peterson, what does that say about Dave Eiland? Not exactly a vote of confidence.

  • At 2:30 AM, Blogger Nesto said…

    Why fire the pitching coach or hire a new one when Sir Sidney has arrived to solve all the yanks' pitching problems.

  • At 7:48 AM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    WOW....... Ponson.......talk about desperate!

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