Rob Neyer notes why Dave Eiland might not be the best choice for the Royals as a pitching coach:
Duty compels me to point out that CC Sabathia‘s best season as a Yankee came after Eiland left, and that Iván Nova, Freddy García, and Bartolo Colón — the surprising keys to the Yankees’ great season — all arrived after Eiland left.
Which young pitchers did Eiland assist in their (successful) transitions to the majors? Phil Hughes, until his arm went dead. David Robertson, though he didn’t become a star until after Eiland left.
Meanwhile, Eiland was the presiding authority during the declines/collapses of Joba Chamberlain, A.J. Burnett, and Javier Vazquez.
Of course, few pitching coaches have the success of Larry Rothschild, either. Eiland may be good, but Larry might just be better.