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Yankees name Larry Rothschild pitching coach

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 19, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the announcement from the Yankees.

The New York Yankees today announced they have signed pitching coach Larry Rothschild to a three-year contract. The 2011 season will mark Rothschild’s 37th season in professional baseball as a player, coach or manager. He has served on the Major League coaching staff for two World Championship clubs – the 1990 Cincinnati Reds and 1997 Florida Marlins.

Rothschild, 56, joins the Yankees after serving as the Chicago Cubs pitching coach from 2002-10. Over the nine-year stretch, the Cubs pitching staff combined to lead the Majors in strikeouts (11,604). Cubs pitchers led the Majors in strikeouts in each of his first seven seasons as the club’s pitching coach through 2008, including a still-standing single-season Major League-record of 1,404 strikeouts in 2003.

He began his coaching career as a roving minor league pitching instructor for the Cincinnati Reds from 1986-89, before joining the Major League staff as bullpen coach from 1990-91 and then pitching coach from 1992-93. Rothschild then served as roving minor league pitching instructor for the Atlanta Braves in 1994, before taking on the role of pitching coach for the Florida Marlins from 1995-97.

Rothschild was named the first manager in Tampa Bay Devil Rays history on November 7, 1997, and remained in the position until April 18, 2001, compiling a 205-294 managerial record over the stretch. Under his guidance, the club’s winning percentage increased each of his three full seasons with the organization.

Originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a non-drafted free agent in 1975, Rothschild’s minor league playing career spanned 11 seasons from 1975-85 with the Cincinnati and Detroit organizations, going 66-46 with a 3.96 ERA in 387 appearances (80 starts). He made seven Major League relief outings (all with Detroit in 1981 and ’82), recording a 5.40 ERA with one save and no decisions (8.1IP, 5ER, 8H, 8BB, 1K, 1HR).

The Chicago, Ill., native graduated from Florida State University with a degree in business management.

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63 Responses to “Yankees name Larry Rothschild pitching coach”

  1. Carl November 19th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Nice

  2. Erin November 19th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I didn’t even know he had been interviewed. LOL

  3. Laura - I Bleed Blue November 19th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Oh man, we took a guy associated with the Cubs? We’ll never win again in 103 years! :P

  4. Patrick November 19th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    That kind of came out of nowhere huh?

    I still prefer Patterson or Aldred

  5. pat November 19th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Very stealth interview process by Cashman

  6. West Coast Yankee Fan November 19th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    He’s a great choice.

  7. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    damned. I gotta get a new source. He’s full of BS.

    I’ll bet that was Larry Rothschild on here, just bragging.

  8. Irreverent Discourse November 19th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I’m excited.

    Just think of all the great young Cubs pitchers that he has mentored and are dominating the league… and all of the young studs innings limits that they properly handled to avoid injuries…

    Oh wait, there aren’t any.

  9. Erin November 19th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    GB- :lol:

  10. Carl November 19th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    # GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    damned. I gotta get a new source. He’s full of BS.

    I’ll bet that was Larry Rothschild on here, just bragging.

    lmao

  11. West Coast Yankee Fan November 19th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    He has tons of experience and is very well respected.

  12. Patrick November 19th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    So because Korea won the gold medal in the Asia games, Shin-Soo Choo doesn’t have to do his military service! (for the time being)

  13. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    ????????

    Guess he did good on the exam.

    :)

  14. pat November 19th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Think Pinella had anything to do with Rothschild getting an interview?

  15. Yankee Trader November 19th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I guess this was an under the radar signing because he was to remain with the Cubs in 2011:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chic.....id=5674072

  16. Pat M. November 19th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Good hire, I just hope they find a position for Gil Patterson somewhere in the organization……Time to hit some golf balls with some baseball pals and then some happy hour refreshments …Always good for baseball chatter and some insights…..

  17. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Erin November 19th, 2010 at 4:31 pm
    GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Can you imagine him being on the Yankees and John Sterling announcing that he and Jonathan Albaladejo are both warming up in the Bullpen?

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    LOL That would have been classic.

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    “Now warming up in the bullpen, Al “I must have taken a wrong turn at” Alburquerque and Jonathan “Jessica” Albaladejo.”

  18. Carl November 19th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    http://www.anothercubsblog.net.....l#comments

    Good read on Rothschild.

  19. EA November 19th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Should have hired someone who knows the young pitching like Aldred or Patterson… who have the Cubs developed… Jeff Surmajadia????

  20. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Pat, do you think that he’ll posibly take over as the system pitching coordinator and replace Contrera, who could be bumped as a VP? Let his base out of his hometown of Tampa? That’s a lot of knowledge to not take advanage of.

  21. Carl November 19th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Whatever DePaula’s age, his talent is real. Arguably one of the three best international pitchers signed this year

  22. Yank 97 November 19th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Hope they bring Patterson aboard in some capacity… very very smart pitching man. Would have liked to see him as our PC and Aldred in AAA

  23. ac1 November 19th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    liked patterson. never heard rothchild even names as a choice.

  24. pat November 19th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Notre Dame is using the Yankees locker room. Some of the players are all excited and twittering whose lockers they are using.

    The exuberance of youth!

  25. Niblick November 19th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I guess Art Fowler wasn’t available.

  26. 4time November 19th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    wallacematthews Maybe the Yanks will name AJ the new pitching coach. that;s one way to get him out of the rotation

    lol

  27. Carl November 19th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Gardner, Montero, Burnett + lcash for King Felix and Smoak. Then trade Smoak for Josh Johnson. Mariners then use cash for Prince Fielder.

    Man I love Yankee fans haha.

  28. Irreverent Discourse November 19th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    This is a good read about Rothchilds history with the Cubs.

    http://bleacherreport.com/arti.....rothschild

  29. Tom in N.J. November 19th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Larry Rothschild has been signed by the Yankees to be their pitching coach for the next 3 years. He’s probably quite happy to get out of the mess in Chicago. The Cubs will miss him. He lowers pitcher’s walk rates and increases their strikeout rate while keeping home run rate the same. Those are the 3 main things that pitchers have control over and Rothschild did a great job.

    http://www.anothercubsblog.net.....years.html

  30. D-Man November 19th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Who the hell is Rotchild?

  31. CB November 19th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Interesting hire. He certainly has a great deal of experience and a very comprehensive perspective on the game given that he managed in the past. Not many pitching coaches go on to become managers and he’s done that. He also has experience working with young pitchers from his days at Florida.

    He’s had an odd relationship with the Cubs. They clearly must have liked him a great deal as he’s remained despite managers coming and going. Interestingly he had a an option that he controlled for this season on whether to come back to the cubs – wasn’t a team option – it was his option. That’s very unusual for a pitching coach.

  32. Irreverent Discourse November 19th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Considering his inability to control Zambrano, prospects of him fixing Aj don’t seem good.

  33. CB November 19th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Also – that fact that the yankees were willing to give him a three year deal speaks to how much they must have liked him. A three year deal is very long for a pitching coach. They often only get one year deals.

    I’d guess they needed to give him multiple years to get him to leave chicago after he picked up his option to return in 2011.

  34. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    pat November 19th, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    Notre Dame is using the Yankees locker room. Some of the players are all excited and twittering whose lockers they are using.

    The exuberance of youth!

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Those kids are gonna brag all over South Bend about who had whose locker and who found what dirty pix in swisher’s locker.

  35. blake November 19th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Maybe they can make Wally Matthews the bat boy so they can get him off the internet.

  36. Wave Your Hat November 19th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Larry Rothschild=more strikeouts=fewer groundballs=easier on Jeter.

  37. rob1876 November 19th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Glad I could contribute to the lohud community. I’m a Long time follower of the blog

  38. Carl November 19th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    # blake November 19th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Maybe they can make Wally Matthews the bat boy so they can get him off the internet.

    I agree. Horrible writer. Horrible jokes.

  39. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Too bad that Matsui wasn’t still with the team and left a few DVDs from his private stash. Those Catholic kids would really be cranked up for the game.

  40. Tom in N.J. November 19th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Nice work Rob1876, now when is Jeter going to resign?

  41. Dassit November 19th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    rob1876=bobcat

  42. pat November 19th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Good job Rob1876!

    Your last name isn’t Miller or Bobcat, is it?

  43. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    CB, do you remember if Rothschild was in Chicago during Girardi’s time?

  44. Wave Your Hat November 19th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Girardi’s last year and Rothschild’s first year in Chicago was 2002.

  45. Erin November 19th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    blake November 19th, 2010 at 4:55 pm
    Maybe they can make Wally Matthews the bat boy so they can get him off the internet.

    *************************

    I fully support this plan. :)

  46. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    GB-

    I don’t trust ANYONE named Rothschild.
    :)

  47. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    He couldn’t be Miller or Bobcat. He had real information…even if nobody believed him. Sorry Rob, but, my dog “Killer” is always skeptical. I barred him from using my name and computer for a week.

  48. Carl November 19th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Yankees add Dellin Betances, Brandon Laird and Ryan Pope to 40-man roster. New York’s roster is at 33.

  49. Erin November 19th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    rob1876 November 19th, 2010 at 4:57 pm
    Glad I could contribute to the lohud community. I?m a Long time follower of the blog

    *********************
    Good job rob! Sorry nobody believed you. :)

  50. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:02 pm
    GB-

    I don’t trust ANYONE named Rothschild.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    I’ll bet he makes a great wine, though.

  51. Dylan November 19th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I wonder if this increases the chances of us re-signing Kerry Wood.

  52. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Erin-

    I wasn’t around. Did this Rob guy predict
    Rothschild ?

  53. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Yeah….shame on you Erin.

  54. kd November 19th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    new post

  55. Patrick November 19th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I won’t criticize this hiring because I don’t know enough about Rothschild. I’ll just say that the hiring is underwhelming based solely on how the Cubs pitching staff has performed over recent years.

  56. CB November 19th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    “CB, do you remember if Rothschild was in Chicago during Girardi’s time?”

    GB7-

    Good thought. They did overlap there for a year. I’d guess that would have some influence in the decision. At least Girardi would have been able to have some personal insight.

  57. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    GB-

    That’s another reason not to trust him. ;)

    Probably lives off of caviar too.

    Whatever happened to Beer and Pizza ?

  58. pat November 19th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    BryanHoch Yankees have acquired Minor League outfielder Cody Johnson from the Braves for cash considerations. He’s assigned to the AAA roster.

  59. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Well don’t blame me and Killer on the beer and pizza shortage tearing the world apart. Just blame Killer.

  60. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I thought there was, CB, just not sure. I had read that Girardi was to have some input. Thanks

  61. 108 stitches November 19th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Out of nowhere. Preferred Gil Patterson. If Rothschild fixes Burnett and Chamberlain he’s worth his weight ………. otherwise not. He must have sneaked in the Bronx like a thief in the night.

  62. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Chad reports that yanks have purchased outfielder Cody johnson from Atlanta. 2006 1st round pick.

    http://www.baseball-reference......hnso008joh

  63. Dylan November 19th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    “7. Cody Johnson – B/T: L/R, Born: 8/8/88, Ht: 6’4″, Wt: 240 – Perhaps no player in the entire Atlanta organization had a more trying 2010 than Cody Johnson. The slugging leftfielder had broken his team’s single season home run record in both 2008 and 2009, and was looking to challenge AA pitchers as a 21 year old in 2010, but his contact issues caught up to him. The strikeouts had always come with the power, as he struck out in 34% of his plate appearances in 2008 and in 35% of his plate appearances in 2009. That rate rose to 39% in 2010, and all that kept him from fanning 200 times was missing large stretches of the season with a severely injured hamstring. That injury was the beginning of the end of his time in AA, as he seemed ot get hot in early May after epic struggles in April, only to have that stretch end by going on the shelf. He never got right again and ended up being demoted to Myrtle Beach, hitting .189 with a .613 OPS and 10 homers in 260 plate appearances with Mississippi. He did better after the demotion, hitting .264 with a .839 OPS and 6 homers in 102 plate appearances. The possible outcomes for Johnson’s development are starkly different, either he figures out how to make enough contact to make his power, which is arguably the most impressive in all of the Minor Leagues, worthwhile, and he becomes a Rob Deer or Adam Dunn type player, or he doesn’t, and he becomes one of the more disappointing first round draft picks in Braves history. He’ll return to Mississippi in 2011, looking for compltely opposite results.”

    Maybe Kevin Long can work his magic on him. He is still pretty young, and a lefty with power in Yankee Stadium is always useful.

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