Stottlemyre shifts away from pitching-coach duties

Updated: February 7, 2006, 4:46 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Mel Stottlemyre will be a spring training instructor for the New York Yankees after spending 10 seasons as their pitching coach.

Stottlemyre quit after last season, saying he was tired of second-guessing by owner George Steinbrenner and the team's office in Tampa, Fla. The Yankees replaced him with former New York star Ron Guidry.

General manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that he spoke last month with Stottlemyre and asked him to come to spring training.

"Mel told me that he'd always be interested in staying around," Cashman said. "I talked to the Boss about it. He thought it was a good idea. Mel thought it was a good idea. Everybody basically felt: Let's continue the relationship. Mel did a tremendous job here for a long time and provides a lot of valuable insight. So it's nice to have him as part of the support system as we move forward."

Yankees manager Joe Torre talked with Stottlemyre about spring training when they went to Italy in December.

"I got from him that he was interested or would be open to it, and then I just left it to Brian," Torre said.

New York's new coaching staff also includes former Boston manager and pitching coach Joe Kerrigan, who will help Guidry. Torre met with the coaches before he went on vacation to Hawaii, and he trusts Guidry is up to the job.

"Knowing the makeup of the individual, knowing the fact that somebody's not afraid to make a mistake and the intelligence, that makes confidence in him easy for me to have," Torre said.

In addition to Stottlemyre, Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Mickey Rivers will be spring training instructors.

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