The Yankees have added an interesting name to their search for a pitching coach. Former major league right-hander David Cone interviewed for the position last week, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. He joins college pitching coaches Chris Fetter (University of Michigan) and Matt Hobbs (Arkansas) as the only known candidates for the job.
The Yankees have been in the market for a pitching coach since they parted with Larry Rothschild last week. Rothschild had held the role since 2011, but Aaron Boone – who inherited Rothschild upon his hiring as manager two years ago – elected to go in another direction. Boone and the Yankees are reportedly seeking someone with a more modern approach than what Rothschild offered.
Cone, like Boone, could now join the Yankees’ staff straight out of the broadcast booth. A member of the Royals, Mets, Yankees, Blue Jays and Red Sox from 1986-2003, Cone has been a consistent presence on Yankees broadcasts on the YES Network since his playing career ended. While the soon-to-be 57-year-old Cone is much older than the two 30-somethings Fetter and Hobbs, his expertise as a former star MLB hurler – not to mention the openness to analytics he displays as a color commentator – could make him a real contender for the role.