As it turns out, the New York Yankees did not find their new pitching coach from the YES Network booth or at the collegiate level after all.
In a scoop first reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Yankees are hiring former Cleveland Indians pitching coordinator Matt Blake as their new pitching guru.
The news surely comes as a surprise around the Cleveland camp, as the organization promoted Blake to director of pitching development just two days ago.
Blake, who's just 33 years old, does have a connection with the Yankees, as he served as an area scout for the franchise in the past. In 2016, he joined the Tribe as a pitching coordinator.
He is renowned for his work in developing Indians pitching prospects, and the Bronx Bombers were obviously impressed by his resume. One name that Blake developed is Shane Bieber, who notably won the MLB All-Star Game MVP award this past season.
After the team fired Larry Rothschild after nine seasons, the Yankees interviewed University of Michigan pitching coach Chris Fetter and YES Network commentator and former MLB hurler David Cone for the vacant position. Fetter was viewed as a hot commodity among MLB clubs, while Cone has knowledge to spare and a strong Yankee connection.
Manager Aaron Boone has his man to coach his pitching staff, and his name is Matt Blake.