“I Probably04 hours,” Harkey said, reviewing 79 draft. Three years ago, as a high school student in Southern California, Harkey was in 2013 by the San Diego Padres thround, but he choose college.
“I had a lot of maturity to do,” said the righty, who went to Cal State Fullerton to fill out his 6-foot-5, 104 – swipe the frame and watch Scouts swarmed in.
“The Mariners called me and told me they were going to make me the No. 1 pick, and then they Called me the next morning and said they were going in a different direction,” Harkey said. “Obviously they were going in a good direction. “
Griffey Jr. started a Hall of Fame career as a great center fielder. Harkey… well, he Earned a living in eight major league seasons with five teams and finally won 30-30 records and 4.30 ERA in game, 104 as the starter.
“I love being with the Cubs,” Huckey said of the team between Jersey City’s Willie Banks and Stanford’s Jack McDowell Selected him with the 4th overall pick.
“It was still a great experience. “
reached professional age 15, Harkey once posted a lower ERA ( 3.15) exist 21 More than future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux did on the same staff. Harkey doesn’t usually get into war stories about his career, but the clubhouse is online.
Yes, Kim knows Harkey’s playing history. And he’s not alone.
“I forget who, recently someone who wasn’t a rescuer gave him a casual look. He’s a stallion,” King said. “And now, he’s like a broken robot, with all the surgeries and the mess inside. ”
Shoulder surgery, back issues, knee surgery — all of which affected Harkey’s ability to throw the ball and lead him to the big leagues. A coaching career, a career that has its roots in minor league friendships.
Mike Harkey and Joe Girardi met at spring training at
, at the Chicago Cubs camp.
“us We became instant friends, and our wives hit it off,” said Harkey, who lived with Girardi at two minor league stops and later formed a battery with him at Wrigley Field.
“We’ve been close ever since. I even followed him to Colorado like an idiot,” Harkey said with an infectious laugh, referring to the time Girardi landed with the Rockies in the expansion draft.
A year later, Harkey became a free agent and received an offer to pitch for the Angels. It was more money and an opportunity to play for the Angels, Harkey recalls. The opportunity to pitch closer to home, “I said, ‘No, I’m going to play with Joe. ‘” He voted a 5. 36 ERA in his year in Denver, strike shortened 1994 season.
“To this day I still blame him,” joked Harkey. “At least he brought me to the here. ”
According to Harkey, later in their careers, Girardi told him: “If I become A manager, you come with me. The topic came up again when Girardi was Joe Torre’s backup coach in the Bronx. Harkey ended his sixth year as a pitching coach in the Padres’ minor league system, and Girardi took a management job with the Marlins 2006.
They spent a year together in Miami.
“He got fired at 9am and I Point fired: ,” said Harkey, who then spent ’04 Season as Cubs Triple-A pitching coach.
go through2008, Girardi is running the Yankees — Harkey is his bullpen coach again.
Remember Chopper Rules? Harkey might recite them in his sleep, and any trip down memory lane in the bullpen is covered in the final season of the
old Echoes of the stadium .
Yankees have Chopper Chamberlain in the bullpen , the unpredictable Kyle Farnsworth and the skinny Edward Ramirez.
Phil Hughes will play a huge role in helping the team win a championship a year later.
The constant, of course, is Mariano Rivera, who began his warm-up ritual long before the bullpen phone rang.
“In the six years I’ve had Mo, I haven’t taught him a single stinking thing,” Harkey said. “He’s probably taught me more than I’ve ever taught anyone. Nobody has more faith in his abilities and we’re getting very, very close to that day.”