Gooden to be Minor League Coach

By Off the BlackAthlete Sports Wire
Updated: August 8, 2007

Dwight GoodenTAMPA, FLA. (AP)— Dwight Gooden is ready to try coaching.

Gooden, currently a New York Yankees’ special adviser, will be the pitching coach this summer for the team’s rookie league club in the Gulf Coast League.

It’s something I want to experience and try,” Gooden said Monday. “I owe it to myself and the organization.”

Gooden, the 1985 NL Cy Young Award winner, went 194-112 with a 3.51 ERA before retiring at the end of spring training two years ago. He then accepted the front-office role offered by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

He has worked extensively this year with pitchers in the Yankees’ extended spring training program.

“I want to get some experience for the future,” Gooden said.

If he enjoys coaching and the team likes his performance, Gooden could be among those considered should Yankees pitching Mel Stottlemyre retire.

The Gulf Coast League season starts June 17 and concludes at end of August.