Yankees to hire Concord native Matt Blake as pitching coach

  • Concord native Matt Blake, then of the Cleveland Indians, is set to be named the pitching coach for the New York Yankees. Dan Mendlik

Monitor staff
Published: 11/8/2019 6:31:02 PM
Modified: 11/8/2019 6:30:48 PM

From a small city to the Big Apple, Matt Blake is about to become a household name in MLB.

The 33-year-old Concord native, who was recently promoted to director of pitching development by the Cleveland Indians, has been tabbed as the new pitching coach for the New York Yankees, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Blake graduated from Concord High School in 2003 and later became the pitching coach at Lincoln Sudbury High in Sudbury, Mass., in 2009. During that time he was also running a player development business at Cressey Performance Sports in Hudson, Mass. and held positions with the New England Ruffnecks (a college development program) before becoming an associate scout for the Yankees.

Blake’s first shot at the professional level came in 2016 when he joined the Cleveland Indians staff as pitching coordinator and had a wide variety of responsibilities for the team.

“I have some oversight of the philosophy, and insight into the draft analysis and free agent analysis of guys we might be considering in trades and things like that. And then on-field development at different levels, which is key,” Blake told the Monitor during spring training that year.

Before accepting that job, Blake made sure to double check that his scientific approach when it comes to pitching matched Cleveland’s philosophies.

“A lot of the conversations that were happening were to make sure that progressive approach was real and not just lip service,” Blake told the Monitor in 2016. “But I think the fact that they were looking for me helped me believe it.”

Highly regarded by the Indians for his progressive thinking and analytical mind, Blake ended up being a perfect fit for the data-driven club with a proven track record of producing big league pitchers.

He even received some high praise from former Cleveland ace Trevor Bauer, who was with the organization from 2013-2019 before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds.

“For all the @Yankees fans coming to my page to ask me about @Blake_Matt he’s awesome,” Bauer tweeted on Thursday shortly after the move was announced. “One of the smarter guys I know. Knows a lot about pitching. A lot about development. Good communicator. Etc. Really excited for him getting this opportunity and pumped to see the results.”

With baseball trending more toward analytics in recent years, an up-and-coming Blake edged out a number of strong candidates for the position in New York to replace longtime pitching coach Larry Rothschild, including former Cy Young winner David Cone.




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