One recurring theme of the off day press conferences at Yankee Stadium was the impact of Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
In his first year with Rothschild as the Yankees pitching coach
“(His contribution) doesn’t go unnoticed in our clubhouse, because we’re with him every day and we understand the value of him every day and the job that he’s done this year. When there were so many question marks about who was going to pitch and who were going to be our starters and you look up and I think we ended up third in ERA in the American League, in a tough division and in a ballpark that can be tough to pitch in sometimes, too. So we understand his value, and he’s been extremely valuable to us.”
In his first year as a full-time big league starter has Rothschild as his coach
“He’s a tremendous pitching coach. Since Spring Training he’s been like a daddy for me. He helped me in Spring Training. He helped me throughout the season all the way. When you have a guy like that, like Larry, he knows a lot of things about this game. He’s a guy with a lot of experience. You feel more comfortable. Sometimes you are losing the game or you not feel good that day, he found a way to help you out, to keep fighting.”
Had Rothschild as his pitching coach with the Marlins in 1997
“He’s as good as it gets. He’s got a great demeanor. He’s very bright. The combination of a Major League pitching coach in today’s world has changed a little bit: You have to have a good feel for mechanics, working with guys and all of that type of stuff, but you also have to have a good feel for how to get hitters out. You have to look at much more video than they ever did in the past. He’s tremendous with a game plan. He’s as good as it gets. Plus he has a great demeanor with people. He’s a good people person. Good personality and very, very low-key. He’s the total package for a pitching coach. I thought he was terrific.”
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