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Dave Eiland #58

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Full Name:
Dave Eiland
Uniform #:
58

Coaching Career

• Eiland begins his fourth season as the Royals' pitching coach in 2015...named to Ned Yost's staff on Oct. 25, 2011.

• Under Eiland's direction, the Royals pitching staff has ranked in the top four in ERA in each of the last two seasons, which included leading the American League with a 3.45 ERA in 2013…it was Kansas City's first ERA title since 1986, and the lowest season average the team has produced since a 3.44 mark in 1978.

• In 2014, the Royals' bullpen tied for the American League lead with 53 saves, which also set the franchise record…closer Greg Holland became just the second pitcher in franchise history to record consecutive 40-plus save seasons, tallying 46 rescues…setup man Wade Davis set the club record for strikeouts (109) and ERA (1.00) by a reliever.

• KC also tallied a franchise-record 1,208 strikeouts during the 2013 season, including 491 in 461.1 innings by its bullpen. 

• In his first year with Kansas City, Eiland helped guide the bullpen to a franchise-best 535 strikeouts...the mark set an American League record for strikeouts by a bullpen, which was eclipsed by the Yankees' bullpen (571) in 2014...the entire pitching staff whiffed 1,177 batters.

• Spent the 2011 season in the Tampa Bay Rays' organization as a special assistant to Executive VP of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman.

• Served as the New York Yankees' Major League pitching coach for three seasons from 2008-10, including the 2009 club's World Series championship.

• Led the pitching staff to improvements in club ERA over each of his three seasons on the bench in New York...saw a drop from 4.49 in 2007 to 4.28 in his first season of 2008, then to 4.26 in the championship season and finally to 4.06 in his final season in 2010.

• His 2009 pitching staff recorded 1,260 strikeouts, the second-most by a Yankees staff...fell just six strikeouts shy of the club mark of 1,266 accomplished in 2001.

• During Eiland's final two seasons, in 2009 and '10, the Yankees held opponents to a .251 and .249 batting average, respectively...those totals were the second- and third-best totals for a Yankees club since 1982.

• Began his coaching career in 2003 as the pitching coach with Class A Staten Island of the New York-Penn League...was with the Baby Bombers from 2003-04, before serving as pitching coach at Double-A Trenton in 2005-06, then with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A) in 2007...joined the Yankees Major League staff in September 2007 upon completion of the Minor League season.

Playing Career

• Appeared in 92 career Major League games, including 70 starts, over 10 seasons with the Yankees (1988-91, 95), Padres (1992-93) and Devil Rays (1998-2000).

• Compiled a 12-27 record with a 5.74 ERA (373.0 IP, 238 ER)...underwent a pair of "Tommy John" surgeries, resulting in his retirement in 2002.

• Originally a seventh-round pick of the Yankees in 1987...was the Yankees' Minor League Pitcher of the Year and International League Pitcher of the Year in 1990.

Miscellaneous Notes

• Dave and his wife, Sandra, reside in Wesley Chapel, Fla....they have two daughters: Nicole (21) and Natalie (18).

• Played baseball and football at the University of Florida in 1985 before transferring to the University of South Florida in 1986...earned All-Sun Belt honors and was a preseason All-American.

• Graduated from Zephyrhills (Fla.) High where he played baseball, football and basketball.

• In 1999, he served as a consultant as well as a body double for Kevin Costner in the film For Love of the Game.

• Inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 2012.

• Active in charity work with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

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