No, not that Contreras……
From the current edition of Baseball America (RR) -
Brian Cashman didn’t hesitate. Before the question was completed the Yankees’ general manager blurted out, “Nardi Contreras.”
For the first time in what seems like eons the Yankee system provided pitching depth, arms that were healthy and pitched effectively. Cashman credits Contreras, 55, who is in his second year as the minor league pitching coordinator and his 36th in professional baseball, a career that includes stints as a big league pitching coach with the Mariners, White Sox and Yankees.
“Nardi has done a great job,” Cashman said. “Combine his experience and great desire to help each pitcher get better with the fact that he has great people skills and you have a great teacher.”
Maybe most important is that their pitchers stayed healthy.
“We made adjustments with our program and Nardi stays on top of each pitcher, he is constantly talking to each (minor league) teams’ pitching coaches,” Cashman said.
Considering the pitching prospects that the Yankees are mounting in the minors, it’s a good thing to have a smart guy overseeing the whole operation.