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Just a couple of weeks ago, Brian Cashman held a conference with the media and delivered the news that Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland, would not be returning next season. In the press conference, Cashman stated that he was not being blamed for what happened this October and the reasons for his departure were going to be kept private.

On June 4th of the this year, Dave Eiland took a leave of absence from the ball club, which stirred up a lot of talking among the media and fans. The organization wouldn’t unveil the reasons for that decision, and it was rumored to be a family issue. During that time, A.J. Burnett was falling apart on the mound and he didn’t have his coach by his side to assist him. He returned in late June, resuming his regular role as pitching coach.

After the season, ESPN came out with a story that claimed there was a rift between Eiland and Girardi, which was the reason for his departure. Dave Eiland’s response:

“That’s absolutely ridiculous and simply not true,” Eiland told the Daily News in an e-mail. “Joe and I have never had a problem nor do we now. He’s a solid baseball man and a great manager, and more importantly one of the best human beings I have ever met.” Eiland declined to discuss any of the details surrounding his departure from the Yankees.

The Yankees pitching staff faltered in the postseason, but was Eiland to blame for that? Did they just want to shake things up a bit? Did the firing have something to do with that leave of absence? Something tells me it does. I was caught by surprise by the firing, because I thought he was highly regarded within organization, especially since he worked with several of the current players while they were in the minor leagues. I’m not sure we’ll ever know the real reason behind this. Now, the team is in need of a pitching coach. Who will it be? Thoughts?

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Dave Eiland Starting pitcher CC Sabathia #52 (R) and pitching coach Dave Eiland #58 of the New York Yankees walk towards the dugout from the bullpen to play against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Joe Girardi signs a 3 year/$9M contract: The Yankees announced Friday that Girardi will return as manager through the 2013 season after agreeing to terms on a deal worth $9 million, representing a pay raise from his previous contract. “My focus the whole time was on our club. I didn’t really think about leaving the Yankees,” Girardi said. “My thought process was that I was going to be back.” The contract terms, which were confirmed by The Associated Press, also include bonuses of $500,000 per year if the Yankees are able to win the World Series. Girardi’s previous deal with the Yankees was for three years and $7.8 million. General manager Brian Cashman had said that re-signing Girardi was the team’s “first order of business.”

I’m not sure I can handle 3 more years of Girardi. What do you guys think of the move?

Kevin Long returns: “Kevin Long will continue to dissect swings in the cages with the Yankees, agreeing to a three-year deal to stay on as hitting coach. A baseball source confirmed the new pact for the 43-year-old Long, whose contract expired on Sunday along with the Yankees’ other coaches. The Yankees have not officially announced the move.”

Dave Eiland addresses the ESPN report: Eiland broke his silence on Saturday, telling the Daily News that an ESPNNewYork.com report that said the pitching coach’s relationship with manager Joe Girardi was the primary reason for his departure from the team. “That’s absolutely ridiculous and simply not true,” Eiland told the Daily News in an e-mail. “Joe and I have never had a problem nor do we now. He’s a solid baseball man and a great manager, and more importantly one of the best human beings I have ever met.”

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