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?