Larry Rothschild named new Yankee pitching coach


Larry Rothschild, the new Yankee pitching coach, signals the start of the Cubs Spring Training in 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

Updated (5:20 p.m.): The Yankees have signed 37-year Major League vet Larry Rothschild to serve as the club’s pitching coach. Rothschild, who most recently had served as the Cubs’ pitching coach from 2002-2010, served as a coach on two World Series teams: the 1990 Reds where he served as the bullpen coach and the 1997 Marlins where he worked as the pitching coach.

“Larry will be a welcome addition to our pitching staff. He comes with an impressive resume as a former Major League manager and a world champion pitching coach. He has a great reputation with his players, who know they can trust him and rely on him to put them in a position to succeed,” said Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman.

Rothschild, 56, seems to be a strike out-oriented coach. His Cubs clubs led the majors with 11,604 strike outs over the last nine seasons, and set a Major League record with 1404 K’s in 2003. He signed with the Reds as a non-drafted free agent in 1975 and spent 11 years in the minors. He made just seven career relief appearances with Detroit in 1981 and 1982 and allowed 5 earned runs on 8 hits and 8 walks while striking out just one in 8.1 innings. His coaching career has been far more successful.

His first job on the bench came with the Reds where he served as a roving minor league instructor for four seasons before he joined the club in Cincinnat as the bullpen coach. He was a Reds pitching coach from 1992-1993, worked with the Marlins in the same capacity from 1995-1997 and managed the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from their inaugural season in 1998 through April 18, 2001.

“Larry brings a wealth of invaluable experience to our team and to our pitching staff,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s a championship pitching coach, and I’m excited to add Larry’s abilities to our staff. He is above all else an excellent teacher, who brings a professional attitude and a keen sense of preparation to his craft. I’m very much looking forward to working with him moving forward.”

Rothschild: A.J. can still be ‘very effective’

During an press conference with reporters shortly after the announcement, Rothschild spoke about the hiring process and his views on the Yanks’ pitching staff. Cashman put the candidates through a rigorous interview process which included approximately eight hours of video including two A.J. Burnett appearances and a CC Sabathia and a Phil Hughes appearance.

Rothschild spoke specifically of the need to straighten out Burnett. “I think he can be a very effective Major League pitcher,” the new pitching coach said. He certainly has his work cut out for him in that regard.

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  1. TurnTwo says:

    i think he used to be pitching coach with the cubs, no?

    • pat says:

      I believe this was a Cashman hire. I’m sure Girardi gave his stamp of approval, but I think this was Cashman all the way.

  2. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Larry Rothschild, the brother of famed porn star Reed Rothschild.

  3. j_Yankees says:

    The old Devil Rays manager.

  4. CountryClub says:

    Does he specialize in teaching the change up?

  5. Fun fact: Rothschild’s staffs from 02-10 put up 11,604 strikeouts, tops in the bigs in that span.

  6. I was told it would Mike Mussina, I was lied to! LIED TO

    • J.R. says:

      Why would it have been Mussina? He was grumpy and kept to himself by most accounts.

      I do remember him asking Hughes and kennedy to be moved next to him so he could mentor them. But other than that one example he was never described as a “good clubhouse” presence. In fact he seemed to be almost divisive in the clubhouse. In addition to this, he has no experience as a pitching coach on any professional level.

      Just my thoughts though.

      • Accent Shallow says:

        I think Ross was joking.

        I’m mostly with you, though — great players seldom make great coaches, although Mussina may be introspective enough to succeed. He seems like a guy that wants to stay home now that he’s retired, though.

      • YankeesJunkie says:

        Mike just seem more solitude than decisive, he was like Halladay who just did his job every five days.

      • James says:

        Also the man wouldn’t want to come back to work now, not when he retired just two years ago and could still easily be the Yankees 5th starter.

    • I had my confetti ready and everything :(

  7. tampaRob says:

    Told you Tom zig!!

  8. j_Yankees says:

    Happy the Yanks went the way of a vet and not a new guy. Rothschild has been around the block, knows what it takes. World Series experience.

  9. MikeD says:

    Served on the coaching staff for both the 1990 Reds World Championship team and 1997 Florida Marlins championship team. Very well-respected and experienced baseball man. In the end, the Yankees were looking for a coach who fits comfortably with their system and he must be it.

  10. Frank says:

    This is a great hire.

  11. Chris says:

    He has a pulse, so I approve.

    Seriously though, I have no idea what makes a good pitching coach, so I find it hard to have a strong opinion. He’s certainly qualified, so I approve.

  12. mbonzo says:

    I think its great they went with an older guy. When I teach people older than me they usually treat me as a friend rather than a mentor. Itll be easier for him to get respect from guys like Pettitte, Mo, CC, and Sabathia.

  13. I’m curious: Did anyone see this signing coming?

    I don’t remember reading his name in any articles about the position and I also don’t remember any indications that the team had made its choice until about ten minutes before the announcement.

  14. Yank the Frank says:

    His first assignments are to find out why Eiland took a leave of absense and how AJ got his black eye.

  15. Sal says:

    Can he help AJ?

  16. UncleArgyle says:

    I’m all for this signing. I don’t know how many times last year I said to myself “Dave Eiland needs an AirHorn”.

  17. Did anyone look at the picture and read ‘Alan Horne’ instead of Air Horn?

    *curls up in corner.

  18. bexarama says:

    Rothschild, 56, seems to be a strike out-oriented coach.

    Makes sense, as we don’t care about defense.

    /bringin’ it back’d

    Nah, I’m pretty glad they went with an experienced guy who’s had some success. Don’t know too much else about him.

  19. Steve H says:

    Rothschild, 56, seems to be a strike out-oriented coach.

    More proof the Yankees don’t care about defense.


  20. I can’t wait to see what Hughes’ K/9 looks like next season. If Rothsy (this is what Girardi will eventually nickname him) can help Hughes finish off batters, then you know he will be a great pitching coach for this team.

  21. J.R. says:

    When interviewing the coaches I’m sure one of their main questions was looking at the footage of AJ from last year to this year and having them analyze it and look for anything that could have altered his strikeout rate. The hire of a “strikeout” pitching coach suggests they valued getting AJ back to where he was, or at least in my mind.

  22. Sal says:

    Who the hell knows? Nobody mentioned this guy for the job.

  23. When you look at the potential rotation for next year and the prospects coming up a Strikeout oriented Pitching coach makes perfect sense.

  24. Plank says:

    Not surprising that a Rothschild assumes a position of power. ;)

  25. vinny-b says:

    was really hoping for Don Cooper.

    but the White Sox prolly would have demanded Banuelos in return.

  26. Shaun says:

    He sounds like he was made for this club. Hughes, Burnett, Sabathia, and most of the bullpen are strikeout guys so this should fit like a glove. Hopefully he can use that knowledge to get Hughes to put guys away after 2 K’s.

  27. Is Rothschild known around baseball as a “strikeout-oriented” pitching coach? I don’t mean to rain on the parade, I have absolutely no problem with the hire and I don’t mean this in a negative way, but I think the comments are getting a little carried away with this “strikeout-oriented” stuff. I mean… The guy has also had some “strikeout-oriented” pitchers on his teams, right? It’s not like Larry Rothschild’s touch necessarily turns pitchers into Nolan Ryan.

    Again – For all I know, he is, somehow, a “strikeout-oriented” coach. But I think this also might be a bit of a correlation/causation situation here. For instance… Did the Marlins get a ton more strikeouts with Rothschild on the job than they did before? Yeah, but they also added Kevin Brown, Al Leiter and others to their rotation.

    Absent some sort of corroboration, I think maybe all the attention being paid to how this hire is going to help the Yanks become a strikeout machine might be a bit of an overreaction.

  28. mustang says:

    What’s this 56 years old? How will they get him to the field by wheel chair? No internal solution? No up incoming new age young hot shot? Isn’t this going against the new Yankees era?

    Nice to see that the FO is opened mind and values veteran leadership and experience.

  29. Accent Shallow says:

    Here is a reaction from a Cubs’ fan blog. The relevant portion:

    So. Those of you begging for Rothschild to leave get your wish. Me, I thought he got too much blame when things went wrong, not enough credit when the pitchers were good. One thing we’ll lose which is good to lose — Cubs pitchers will stop nibbling. They’d get counts of 0-2 and then nibble. Can’t stand that.


  30. jiffy says:

    Just doing a quick look at the cubs pitching staff from when he was there it doesn’t look like anyones K’s went up drastically. Ted Lilly’s went up the first year he was there, but then dropped again. Woods K/9 actually went down the first year this guy was there (although they did go up in 2003). Jason Marquis K/9 didn’t seem to change much either. Although, Matt Clement did seem to increase a lot while he was in Chicago.

    This is just a quick glance, prob. doesn’t mean much, but thought someone else might like to look into more.

    I’d also be curious about the Cubs injury rate during that time compared to others… I mean it could have just been bad luck, but it seems like they had a lot of injury problems.

  31. mbonzo says:

    But can Rothschild help AJ with his pie control?

  32. EndlessMike says:

    Even though Kennedy,Hughes and Joba haven’t yet lived up to all that hype I think The killer B’s( Baunelos,Bentances,Brackman) who have more upside can benefit from this coach since he’s an Strikeout coach.

  33. Another Bronx Dynasty says:

    Shouldn’t we have focused in on a coach who was responsible in lowering the staff’s ERA as opposed to incresing K’s? King Felix just won the Cy Young & a major reason was due to his ERA.

  34. MikeD says:

    The guy who runs one of the largest Cubs blogs — — (very good blog, btw) wrote this about Rothschild:

    “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.”

    As noted, he did some studies on Rothschild’s impact on strikeouts, walks and HRs. Here’s the link:

    All good stuff.

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