PITTSBURGH – Ivan Nova was Yankees property from the time he signed as an 17-year-old amateur free agent in July 2004 until being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates last Aug. 1.
He’s had some big wins … his 16-4 season in 2011. He’s had some lows … his Tommy John surgery in April 2014. And he has a lot of fun. He never wanted to leave, but once he moved on, he fell in love with Pittsburgh in a hurry.
Nova pitched well for Pittsburgh late last season (5-2, 3.06 ERA, 11 starts), then after becoming a free agent, re-signed with the Pirates last December for $26 million over three season. Now he’s off to a good start this season (1-2, 2.25 ERA, 3 starts) and on Sunday he’ll start against the Yankees in an interleague series finale at PNC Park.
We caught up with Nova on Saturday, and he was candid talking about his time with the Yankees, moving on and his recent success. He also talked about his Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild, and his Pirates pitching coach, Ray Searage.
Here’s the best of Nova from a 10-minute interview with three reporters: