Former lefty specialist Graeme Lloyd now specializing in teaching the next generationTowering Aussie spending his current days as a pitching coach Down Under
Little did anyone, perhaps even Lloyd himself, realize just how important of a cog he would become in the Yankees’ bullpen for the next two calendar years.
Lloyd was dynamite in his eight appearances that fall, allowing only one hit in 5.1 innings while striking out five, and he would be the winner in the pivotal World Series Game 4 that made Jim Leyritz a hero and saw the Braves hold their last lead in that Fall Classic.
The Aussie lefty would post a 2.60 ERA over the next two seasons as the Yankees’ lefty specialist, and when all was said and done, he never allowed a single earned run in 13 playoff appearances (eight innings total) for the Yankees.
Lloyd would leave via trade after the 1998 season and play five more years in the Majors, but even though his time in pinstripes was a small part of his career, the lefty relishes his now-yearly trip from Down Under to the “Boogie Down” for Old-Timers’ Day.
“It’s always fun to be back in the Bronx,” “Lloyd said during a visit to Old-Timers’ Day on June 23. “I won two World Series here, and I’ll always cherish my time here.”
These days, Lloyd uses his knowledge in a teaching capacity, and had the honor of serving as the assistant pitching coach for Team Australia in this past spring’s World Baseball Classic.
“We didn’t do so well, but it was a great experience,” Lloyd said of the WBC. “The World Baseball Classic is a huge leap forward, and it’s great to see we have a World Championship.”
Lloyd also works with his country’s up-and-comers, serving as the pitching coach for an Australian junior squad that will travel to Taiwan this August, and spends working in that same capacity from October through February for the Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League.
And even at 46, Lloyd still has a little life left in his arm, which he loves to put to good use once a year on what is his winter vacation to the Bronx.
“We’re going to find out today what I have left; last year Tommy John said he couldn’t go and I had to go an extra inning for him, so this year I think I’ve got an out or two in me,” he joked on Old-Timers’ Day 2013. “I’m just glad I can still be involved in baseball, and I’m loving every minute of it.”