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Coaching Career

Dave Eiland is in his sixth season as the Royals' pitching coach...named to Ned Yost's staff on October 25, 2011...Under Eiland's direction, the Royals pitching staff led the American League in ERA in 2013, with a 3.45 mark, KC's lowest since 1978…it was also the club's first ERA title since 1986...The Royals have ranked in the top five in bullpen ERA in each of the last five seasons, while the club's 3.04 ERA from its relievers since the start of 2012 is the lowest in the Majors...In 2015, the Royals' bullpen set a franchise record with 56 saves, which ranked third in the Majors...KC's bullpen also ranked second in the big leagues in ERA (2.69)...KC tallied a franchise-record 1,208 strikeouts in 2013, including 491 in 461.1 innings by its bullpen...in his first year in Kansas City, helped guide the bullpen to a franchise-best 535 strikeouts, setting an American League record...Spent the 2011 season in the Tampa Bay Rays' organization as a special assistant to Executive VP of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman...Served as the New York Yankees' Major League pitching coach for three seasons from 2008-10, including the 2009 World Series champion club...Led the pitching staff to improvements in club ERA over each of his three seasons on the bench in New York...saw a drop from 4.49 in 2007 to 4.28 in his first season of 2008, then to 4.26 in the championship season and to 4.06 in his final season...Eiland's final two seasons, in 2009 and 2010, the Yankees held opponents to a .251 and .249 batting average, respectively... those totals were the second and third best totals for a Yankees club since 1982...Began his coaching career in 2003 as the pitching coach with Staten Island of the New York-Penn League...also served as pitching coach at Trenton (2005-06) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (2007).

Playing Career

Appeared in 92 career Major League games, including 70 starts, over 10 seasons with the Yankees (1988-91, 1995), Padres (1992-93) and Devil Rays (1998-2000)...Compiled a 12-27 record with a 5.74 ERA (373.0 IP, 238 ER)...underwent a pair of "Tommy John" surgeries, resulting in his retirement in 2002...Originally a seventh-round pick of the Yankees in 1987...was the Yankees' Minor League Pitcher of the Year and International League Pitcher of the Year in 1990.

Miscellaneous Notes

Dave and his wife, Sandra, reside in Wesley Chapel, Fla....they have two daughters: Nicole (21) and Natalie (18)...Played baseball and football at the University of Florida in 1985 before transferring to the University of South Florida in 1986...earned All-Sun Belt honors and was a preseason All-American...Graduated from Zephyrhills (Fla.) High where he played baseball, football and basketball...In 1999, he served as a consultant as well as a body double for Kevin Costner in the film "For Love of the Game"... Inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 2012...Active in charity work with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

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