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Longtime Yankees Pitching Coach Billy Connors Dead At 76

June 20, 2018 - 3:26 pm


Former Yankees executive and pitching coach Billy Connors died on Monday at the age of 76.

A native of Schenectady, Connors made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1966. He spent two seasons with the Mets, making his last major league appearance in 1968.. Connors retired with a 0-2 record with a 7.53 ERA in 26 career games.

Following his playing career, Connors became the Mets' batting practice pitcher in 1971. He later would spent 17 seasons as a major league pitching coach.

Connors spent three stints as Yankees' pitching coach: (1989–90; 1994–95; 2000). He helped oversee the development of star pitchers Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte.

Between 1996 and 2012, Connors served as the Yankees' vice president of player personnel.

Most recently, Connors worked with pitchers at the team's minor league headquarters in Tampa.