It was no secret when I had several chances to leave as a free agent, I never chose to go anywhere, ... I never envisioned there was any place better to play than in New York. I can't go back and play, but to go back in a capacity as a pitching coach and become part of the organization again, it's a great honor and a great challenge. I think it's going to be fun.
"Ronald Ames Guidry", nicknamed ""Louisiana Lightning"" and ""Gator"", is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He played his entire 14-year baseball career for the New York Yankees of the American League (AL), from 1975 through 1988. Guidry was also the pitching coach of the Yankees from 2006 to 2007.
Guidry won the AL Cy Young Award in 1978 as the best pitcher in the AL. He also won five Gold Glove Awards, given for superior fielding, and appeared in four Major League Baseball All-Star Game/All-Star games. Guidry served as List of New York Yankees team captains/captain of the Yankees from 1986 through 1988, and his number has been retired by the Yankees.More Ron Guidry on Wikipedia.
You rely on a lot of computerized stats to tell you what guys are doing, what they're not doing. We didn't have that, so it's going to just be another step just to learn how to do all of that and put all of that together.
I'm probably going to have to lean on a lot of people, ... I've spoken to Joe, and he has a real good background with pitching. I'm going to look to him for a lot of help. ... I have some ideas, but I'll talk to a lot of people to make sure my ideas are sound.
He kept saying, `If you can't throw the ball over the plate, Ron, you can't pitch here in the big leagues,' .
Having to pitch your whole career in New York and be successful, that has to amount to something, ... I can't go back and play, but to go back in a capacity as a pitching coach and become part of the organization again, it's a great honor and a great challenge. I think it's going to be fun.
The biggest thing he would tell you is you have to throw the ball over the plate, ... If you can't throw the ball over the plate, you can't pitch in the big leagues.
I'm probably going to lean on a lot of people a great deal.
I spoke to my family about it, and they said 'Maybe you should give it a shot before you get too old,' ... I'd been thinking about it, and if you're going to do something, as far as I was concerned you should do it while you're still kind of young.