Rays make official hiring of Eiland as special assistant
The Rays today made official the hiring of Dave Eiland, who pitched for them in 1998-2000, as a special assistant. Here is the team release: ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays have hired Dave Eiland as a special assistant. In this role he will lend support in the areas of player development, professional scouting and amateur scouting. Eiland, 44, spent the last three seasons (2008-10) as the pitching coach for the New York Yankees and served as a pitching coach in the Yankees minor league system from 2003-07. The former right-handed pitcher spent parts of 10 seasons in the majors, including a three-year stint with the Rays (1998-2000). Prior to that, he pitched for the Yankees (1988-91, 1995) and San Diego Padres (1992-93). He underwent two Tommy John surgeries, forcing his retirement in 2002. Eiland, graduated from Zephyrhills (Fla.) High School and pitched for the University of Florida and the University of South Florida. He resides in Wesley Chapel, Fla.