New Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland is encouraged to hear his pitchers are doing well with the team's new off-season throwing program.
"They are all working hard," Eiland recently told the NY Post's Mike Puma. "They like the program, like the structure of it, they have something to work from. You can't be with them during the winter, so the best you can do is send them a program and stay in contact with them and check in."
Instead of doing things the way it had been done under Terry Collins, Eiland told Puma that he and new Mets manager Mickey Callaway created the program so their staff could arrive to spring training in "pitching shape."
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Mets pitchers and catchers are required to be in Port St. Lucie for spring training by Feb. 12.
"I know they are upset with the way things went last year and they are hungry and they want redemption," Eiland told Puma. "They are out to prove a lot of people wrong and quiet some of the critics out there, but more than that it's for themselves and the team and the organization."
Eiland, 51, joined Callaway's coaching staff after spending the last seven seasons as pitching coach of the Royals. He also served in the same capacity for the Yankees under former manager Joe Girardi.
Eiland and Callaway were teammates on the Tampa Bay DevilRays in 1999.