It’s been more than a decade since Mike Grahovac coached Gerrit Cole at Orange Lutheran High School outside of Los Angeles, and Grahovac still remembers Cole’s father, Mark, charting everything his son was doing on the mound.
“I’m an old-school coach and want guys to throw and throw. His dad always had a notebook and kept track of everything, from how many pitches he threw in bullpens to what days he was pitching,” Grahovac recalled this week. “They paid attention to his arm to get him to this point in his life. And it worked.’’
Said Grahovac, “Gerrit and his family had a plan.”
The plan paid off this week in San Diego, where Yankees general manager Brian Cashman finally landed his “white whale,’’ awarding Cole a monster contract that will bring the AL Cy Young runner-up to The Bronx on a nine-year, $324 million deal, the largest pact ever for a pitcher.
To those who have known Cole since his early playing days in Orange, Calif., it’s a match that was almost inevitable. Cole, 29, grew up a Yankees fan, a rooting interest passed down to him from his father, who spent part of his childhood in upstate New York.
The Coles visited the previous…