Mike Harkey will be named the D’backs’ new pitching coach. Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
It appears the epic search for a pitching coach has ended for the Arizona Diamondbacks. According to Steve Gilbert at mlb.com, the Snakes are set to name current Yankees’ bullpen Mike Harkey as their pitching coach. To complete their coaching vacancies, Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. will return to the Major League ranks as the bullpen coach. The formal announcement will not come until Monday.
Harkey has been New York’s bullpen coach for the past six seasons. He pitched in the Major Leagues for eight seasons, mainly with the Chicago Cubs. After his retirement, Harkey began his coaching career in 2000 with the Padres’ Single A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga. He is one of Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi’s closest friends and served under Girardi when Joe managed the Marlins in 2006.
Stottlemyre was Arizona’s pitching coach for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. After his contract was not renewed, he became a roving pitching coordinator through the organization. Several pitchers were impressed with the work Stottlemyre put in with them. He pitched in 13 games for the Royals in 1990.