Mariano Rivera, elected unanimously to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, plans to be involved with the Yankees again in 2019.
In an interview with MLB Network Radio's CJ Nitkowski on Thursday, the former Yankees closer revealed he will be "teaching pitching" in some capacity with the team this year.
"I'm going to start working with the New York Yankees and teaching pitching," he said. "So many guys throw hard but don't have command...We need to teach these boys to pitch ... Pitchers are getting away from pitching and are focused on throwing hard."
"I'm going to start working with the New York Yankees and teaching pitching. So many guys throw hard but don't have command...We need to teach these boys to pitch...Pitchers are getting away from pitching and are focused on throwing hard." - Mariano Rivera on @MLBNetworkRadio- CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) January 24, 2019
The Yankees often invite several former players to attend Spring Training as guest instructors, which Rivera did in 2015 -- a year after his retirement.
He spent 10 days in camp with Yankees pitchers that spring but while the Yankees welcome him back, they have not had discussions about a larger role within the organization, per SNY's Andy Martino.
Rivera's average velocity was normally around 92-93 mph, according to Fangraphs, but it was his movement on his cutter that made him so difficult to hit.
While no pitcher will likely duplicate Rivera's cutter, he could remain an influence on young pitchers like Luis Severino, who relies on overpowering hitters with his fastball.