Monday, December 2, 2013
Bullpen coach Mike Harkey has been part of Joe Girardi's staff since the Yankees skipper managed the Florida Marlins in 2006. The 47-year old is leaving the Yankees organization after six seasons to become the pitching coach for manager Kirk Gibson and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
At 6'5", Harkey made a a larger than life impression in the Yankees' bullpen. The Diamondbacks job is the first stint for Harkey as a pitching coach. A former first round pick (4th overall pick in 1987 by the Cubs), Harkey appeared in 131 Major League games with 36 wins and 36 losses.
There's no word on who will replace him in the Yankees pen.
The Diamondbacks also hired Mel Stottlemyre...Mel Stottlemyre Jr. that is. The son of the former Yankees pitcher and pitching coach appeared in 13 Major League games for the Kansas City Royals in 1990.