Monday, August 4, 2014

1992 Score, Dave Eiland

#679 Dave Eiland

Here is the fifth and final Dave Eiland card that I have to post on here, for now. I found a '93 Upper Deck card of him a little while ago, but I have yet to get it signed.

In yesterdays post, I mainly talked about Dave's time with the Padres in 1992 and '93. Dave made it back with the Yankees in 1995 and went 1-1 with a 6.30 ERA in four games. It was then back to the minors until the Devil Rays came around. Dave pitched for the Rays during parts of their first three seasons. During that time, he set his career-high for games and starts in a season. In 1999, Dave got into 21 games (15 starts) and went 4-8 with a 5.60 ERA and 53 strikeouts. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a card of Dave as a Devil Ray.

The 2000 season was Dave's last as a player. He finished his career 12-27 with a 5.74 ERA.

Dave was basically a AAAA pitcher. He was too good for AAA (89-49 with a 3.61 ERA), but not quite good enough for the Majors.

Dave began his coaching career in the minor leagues with the Yankees in 2003. He rose up the ranks and eventually found himself as the pitching coach for the Major League Yankees in 2008. He held that role for three years before being fired. He was hired by the Royals to be their pitching coach prior to the 2012 season and has been there ever since.

1 comment:

Drew said...

Not sure if you mentioned it anywhere else, but Eiland is the only MLB player to both allow a home run to the first batter he ever faced AND hit a home run in his first ever at-bat.