According to Buster Olney, on ESPN Radio yesterday, Joe Girardi would like Mike Harkey to be on his coaching staff in New York.
For those who don’t know, Harkey was the 4th overall pick of the 1987 amateur draft – sort of a Mark Prior of his time in that he always seemed to have problems staying sound enough to pitch. Girardi caught him, on the Cubs, from 1990 to 1992. For six years, Harkey was a minor league pitching coach in the San Diego Padres chain – and then joined Girardi, in Flordia, during 2006, as a Bullpen Coach.
Harkey is already being asked about working with Girardi – see this from the Daily News today:
“He’s the best manager I’ve ever seen, running a game, running a clubhouse and communicating with his team,” Harkey said. “He makes it real easy to go out and do the job. He sets a good example, because he works his butt off. … He’s very confident in what he does and he shows that confidence in his players and his coaches.
“He’ll expect the Yankees to win the World Series every year and I think that’s part of the reason they picked Joe. He was telling his team with 19 rookies that was their goal, now he’ll be taking on a team that may have a $200 million payroll. He won’t accept anything less.”
I suspect that Mike Harkey is a name that we better get used to hearing about in Yankeeland. Maybe he’s just a modern day Art Fowler? Then again, maybe he can add something to the picture in New York? Time will tell.