Mike Harkey

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Mike Harkey
Mike Harkey 2012.jpg
Harkey throwing batting practice, 2012
New York Yankees – No. 60
Pitcher / Bullpen coach
Born: (1966-10-25) October 25, 1966 (age 52)
San Diego, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 1988, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1997, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record36–36
Earned run average4.49
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Michael Anthony Harkey (born October 25, 1966) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball and current bullpen coach for the New York Yankees. As a player, Harkey pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, California Angels, and Los Angeles Dodgers between 1988 and 1997. He coached the Florida Marlins in 2006 and the New York Yankees from 2008 through 2013, before joining the Arizona Diamondbacks, who he coached in 2014 and 2015. This was before coming back to the New York Yankees, to coach again in 2016 and beyond.

Playing career[edit]

Harkey attended California State University (CSU) Fullerton, where he played college baseball for the CSU Fullerton Titans. He was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs in the 1987 Major League Baseball Draft.[1]

Harkey played for the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, California Angels, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, appearing in 131 games. In 1990 he finished the season with a record of 12–6 with a 3.26 earned run average. Harkey played in the majors in 1988, 1990 through 1995, and then 1997 before retiring.[1] He was plagued by shoulder and arm injuries throughout his early career with the Cubs. On September 6, 1992, during pregame warmups, he attempted a cartwheel in the Wrigley Field outfield, severely damaging his knee.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Harkey served as pitching coach in Minor League Baseball for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2000, the Fort Wayne Wizards in 2001 and 2003, the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2002 and 2004, the Mobile BayBears in 2005, and the Iowa Cubs in 2007. He served as the bullpen coach for the Florida Marlins in 2006.[3]

Harkey joined the Yankees for the 2008 season.[4] Under Harkey, the Yankees bullpen played a major role in their success during the 2009 season, culminating in a victory in the 2009 World Series. He served as the bullpen coach for six seasons.

After the 2013 season, he was hired as the Diamondbacks' pitching coach.[5][6] The Diamondbacks fired Harkey after the 2015 season.[7] He returned to the Yankees as their bullpen coach for the 2016 season.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Harkey's son, Tony, is a former infielder for the Cal State-Fullerton Titans and Concordia University Irvine baseball team.[8] Tony won a NAIA World Series title in 2011 with the Concordia University Irvine Eagles. His son Cory Harkey was a tight end for the Los Angeles Rams, he is currently a free agent.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Mike Harkey Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "Reading Eagle - Google News Archive Search". google.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Yankees announce coaching staff for the 2016 season". New York Yankees (Press release). MLB.com. November 16, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "» Card Corner–Who Is Mike Harkey? Bronx Banter". bronxbanterblog.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "MLB hot stove: Mike Harkey to become Diamondbacks pitching coach, report says". NJ.com. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  6. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks make Mike Harkey pitching coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks fire pitching coach Mike Harkey". azcentral. October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "Player Bio: Tony Harkey - Cal State Fullerton Official Athletic Site". Fullertontitans.com. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  9. ^ Rozner, Barry (August 27, 2010). "Good thing Sox are used to this madness". Daily Herald. Retrieved October 6, 2015.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Luis Dorante
Florida Marlins bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Steve Foster
Preceded by
Joe Kerrigan
Gary Tuck
New York Yankees bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Gary Tuck
Preceded by
Charles Nagy
Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach
Succeeded by
Mike Butcher