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Dave Eiland #58

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Full Name:
Dave Eiland
Uniform #:
58

Coaching Career

• Eiland will serve his third season as the Royals pitching coach in 2014...he was named to Ned Yost's staff on October 25, 2011.

• Under Eiland's direction, the 2013 Royals pitching staff led the American League with a 3.45 ERA, Kansas City's first ERA title since 1986...it was the club's best season ERA total since a 3.44 mark in 1978.

• The 2013 Royals' bullpen posted a franchise-best 2.55 ERA, easily surpassing previous low of 2.80, set in 1981, during the strike-shortened season...it was the lowest bullpen ERA by an American League club since Oakland's 2.35 mark in 1990.

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

• In his first year in Kansas City, Eiland helped guide the bullpen to a franchise-best 535 strikeouts, which set an American League record for strikeouts by a bullpen, surpassing the previous record of 527 by the 2001 Cleveland Indians...the entire pitching staff whiffed 1,177 batters.

• He 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 2008-2010, including the 2009 World Series champion club.

• 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 ever by a Yankees staff...fell just six strikeouts shy of the club mark of 1,266 accomplished in 2001.

• Eiland's final two staffs in 2009 and 2010 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 (1988-1991, 1995), 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 (20) and Natalie (17).

• 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.

• Was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 2012.

• Is active in charity work with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

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