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Former Tampa Bay Ray Dave Eiland interviews with Kansas City Royals

Former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Dave Eiland, who spent the past season as a special assistant in the Tampa Bay front office, interviewed for the vacant Royals pitching coach job.

Eiland, 45, played parts of 10 seasons in the majors and went into coaching after retiring, working his way up to be the Yankees pitching coach for three seasons before being let go after the 2010 season.

Eiland spent this season as a scout and minor-league instructor with the Rays. His goal has been to get another job as a big-league pitching coach, and the Rays granted permission for him to interview with Kansas City.

Eiland, who grew up in Zephyrhills, declined comment on the interview with the Royals.

The Royals declined to bring back Bob McClure, who had been on the job for six seasons.

At the time of his dismissal, Royals manager Ned Yost said: "I'm looking for a guy that pitched in the big leagues for a long time with mediocre stuff. Usually those guys that have to work real hard at their game and have longevity in their game are going to make dynamic pitching coaches."

Former Tampa Bay Ray Dave Eiland interviews with Kansas City Royals 10/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:06pm]
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