• Larry Rothschild Named Yankees Pitching Coach

    Posted by on November 19th, 2010 · Comments (5)

    This sounds dirty. Didn’t Rothschild just exercise his option to stay with the Cubs? Well, now, he has a three-year contract with New York.

    Update via the Sun Times:

    The Cubs’ turnover continued with an unexpected departure Friday. The New York Yankees announced the hiring of pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

    Rothschild, who last month exercised his contract option for 2011 with the Cubs, had talked in recent seasons with general manager Jim Hendry about the possibility of looking into potential job openings that would allow him to spend spring training closer to home in Tampa, Fla., and have more time with his family.

    ”It’s a great opportunity to be with the Yankees also,” Rothschild said. ”It has a lot less to do with leaving the Cubs than it is an opportunity to be with my family and also the Yankees.”

    Rothschild replaces Dave Eiland, who was fired after the World Series amid reports of a rift with manager Joe Girardi.

    Rothschild, 56, signed a three-year contract with the Yankees, who train in Tampa. He spent the past nine seasons as Cubs pitching coach and was the only member of the staff to survive the Dusty Baker regime after the 2006 season. Rothschild’s Cubs run included three playoff seasons.

    ”We’ve been fortunate to have Larry this long,” said Hendry, who called Yankees GM Brian Cashman on Rothschild’s behalf after Rothschild asked the Cubs for consent to look into the opening. ”I think the industry has looked at Larry in a higher light than he was looked at even locally sometimes.”

    Is it just me, or, is that last line sorta strange?

    Comments on Larry Rothschild Named Yankees Pitching Coach

    1. MJ Recanati
      November 19th, 2010 | 5:06 pm

      Weird. I guess Rothschild either got more money or had a change of heart when the Yanks came calling.

      Like I said in another post, in terms of pitching coaches, there’s Dave Duncan and Don Cooper and then there’s everybody else. I think Larry’s just like everybody else…

      Totally “meh” on this one. Don’t care much one way or the other, but I’ll certainly keep an open mind.

    2. MJ Recanati
      November 19th, 2010 | 8:10 pm

      Upon further review, no funny business here. Rothschild lives in Tampa and wanted to work for a team that trains in Tampa and plays 9 games there per season. I guess he wanted to be closer to his family and the Cubs agreed and gave Cashman permission to interview, and ultimately hire, Rothschild.

      I’m not sure if he’s a particularly great pitching coach or not but at least we know that the Yankees hiring of their new coach was on the level.

    3. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com
      November 20th, 2010 | 2:02 am

      It looks like Rothschild’s specialty is teaching the art of getting more strikeouts.

    4. November 20th, 2010 | 3:01 pm

      I wish they had given a coach a one-year deal, and gone after Dave Righetti after next season.

    5. 77yankees
      November 21st, 2010 | 12:43 pm

      RobertGKramer@AOL.Com wrote:

      It looks like Rothschild’s specialty is teaching the art of getting more strikeouts.

      Seems like a feasible theory with an aging left side of the infield, though I can’t think of an veteran pitcher who boosted their K/per 9 rate drastically over the years.

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