August 3, 2021

Gerrit Cole question shows how large Matt Blake’s Yankees task is (New York Post)

After not bringing Joe Girardi back following the 2017 season, when the Yankees lost Game 7 of the ALCS to the Astros, the club turned to a person who had never managed a game at any level.

This past October, the Yankees dismissed veteran pitching coach Larry Rothschild with a year remaining on his contract and replaced him with somebody who has never been in a big-league dugout.

The Yankees would certainly take from Matt Blake, the new pitching coach, what they got from manager Aaron Boone, who has won 203 games in two years — including the 2019 AL East title — and came within a game of getting to the World Series this past season.

All eyes were already going to be on the 34-year-old Blake, who comes from an analytical background and worked in the Indians minor league system as a pitching coordinator and assistant director of pitching development. That was before the Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to a record-setting, nine-year deal for $324 million that could balloon to 10 years for $360 million if Cole opts out after five years and the Yankees void the opt out and extend the contract to another year at $36 million.

Boone doesn’t believe he needs to dole out advice…

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