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A mixture of Kansas City Royals news, opinion and links from other quality baseball sources. With Ventura, Eiland is unsure if such restraint is possible. When he talks about the velocity, his voice quiets. He almost whispers. He cannot ask Ventura to dial back, as that would upset his mechanics and risk injury. Eiland’s only instruction is to stay within his delivery, keep himself...
Via Pine Tar Press
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Leagues No. 1 pitching staff comes courtesy of Moore and Eiland

KANSAS CITY, Mo. While much of the talk about the Royals' coaching staff lately has been confined to George Brett and his influence on the hitters, pitching coach Dave Eiland has somewhat quietly guided the No. 1 pitching staff in the American League. It almost seems unfathomable to be mentioning the "Royals" and "No. 1 pitching" in the same sentence. Just...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
July 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Strikeouts key to Royals' pitching success

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Even the most cynical observers knew the Royals' pitching would be better this season after all their off-season moves to bolster the rotation. And entering Tuesday night's game in Atlanta, that part of the equation hasn't disappointed. The Royals are third in the league in team ERA (3.32). And the Royals' staff is doing it behind the oldest weapon...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
April 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Q&A: Dave Eiland, Royals Pitching Coach

Dave Eiland isn’t a big fan of teaching the cutter, nor does he feel a true curveball can be easily taught. That doesn’t mean the Kansas City Royals pitching coach isn’t a master of his craft. Highly respected among his peers, he played 10 big-league seasons and spent eight years as a pitching coach in the Yankees system — three with the parent club — before joining the...
Via Fangraphs
January 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Eiland eager to work with Royals' arms

It is the mantra of nearly every new pitching coach in Kansas City over the years: Trust your stuff, pound the strike zone, get ahead in the count, etc. Once again, it will be the mantra of new Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland. And, quite frankly, it has to be. The Royals walked more hitters (557) than any other team in the American League. "Talk is cheap," Eiland told...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Eiland gets Royals coaching job; Feinstein back to A's

Dave Eiland, who spent the last year as a special assistant for his hometown Rays , was hired Tuesday as the Royals pitching coach. "I'm very happy; it's what I do,'' said Eiland. "I wouldn't have left Tampa Bay for any pitching coach job. It had to be the right fit, and Kansas City felt like a very good fit.'' Also, Dan Feinstein, the Rays...
Via Fox Sports
October 26, 2011  |  Discuss

Royals hire Eiland as new pitching coach

Royals manager Ned Yost said last month that he wanted to find a new pitching coach who managed to have a long career in the major leagues despite having ''mediocre stuff.'' He found precisely that in Dave Eiland. The former Yankees pitching coach was added to Yost's staff on Tuesday. He'll be tasked with helping to develop a young starting rotation that...
Via AP on Fox
October 25, 2011  |  Discuss

Royals hire pitching coach Dave Eiland

The first order of business for new Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland will be to somehow get his pitchers to find the strike zone. Often. Eiland was officially hired Tuesday to replace Bob McClure, who was fired a day after the season ended. McClure oversaw a staff that was 27th in MLB with a 4.44 ERA in 2010. Worse yet, the Royals led the American League in walks with 557,...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
October 25, 2011  |  Discuss

No Man is Dave Eiland

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...
Via Baseball Musings
October 25, 2011  |  Discuss

Coaching News: Eiland, Blue Jays

The latest on the coaching and managerial front: The Royals announced the hiring of Dave Eiland as their new pitching coach.  Eiland served as the Yankees' pitching coach from 2008-10 and spent this year as a special assistant with the Rays. The Blue Jays announced an amendment to their employee permission policy: they will not grant permission for lateral moves.  GM...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
October 25, 2011  |  Discuss

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