The Sugar Land Skeeters during the week announced that former New York Mets pitching coach and ex-Major Leaguer Dave Eiland as the fourth and final manager for the Constellation Energy League–a four-team professional baseball league that will play its games at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.
Eiland has spent the last two seasons as the pitching coach for the Mets and prior to that he was the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals from 2012-17, including when they captured the World Series title in 2015. Eiland also served as the pitching coach for the New York Yankees from 2008-2010 and as a coach at the minor league level for the Yankees from 2003-07.
Additionally, Eiland enjoyed a 10-year Major League career, ranging from 1988-2000, and spent time with the Yankees (1988-91, ’95), San Diego Padres (1992-93) and Tampa Bay Rays (1998-200). Over his Major League career, the 53-year-old appeared in 92 games, making 70 starts. The Yankees selected Eiland in the seventh round of the 1987 MLB Draft out of the University of South Florida.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Skeeters started the Constellation Energy League to host professional baseball games while limiting the possible spread of the virus.
The other three teams will be managed by former major leaguer Greg Swindell and the father-son duo of Roger and Koby Clemens, as well as another ex-MLBer, Pete Incaviglia, as the skippers in the league that will consist of a total of 56 games starting on July 10th.
Former Met and first round draft pick Gavin Cecchini is part of the preliminary player pool for the Constellation Energy League. The player pool currently features 96 players, 19 of which played MLB baseball, and the league is still in the process of adding members.
— Jerry Del Priore