Nov
19

Larry Rothschild named new Yankee pitching coach

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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.

Categories : Coaching Staff
  • Bill R

    Who?

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      Dammit.

      • MikeD

        …and you wanted???

        • First Time Poster

          Casey Kelly

        • Oliver Queen

          I think he was just expressing frustration that someone narrowly beat him with the same comment.

    • Frank Vitagliano

      You have to be kidding me. I’m lost for words

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    Who?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He was the Marlins pitching coach in 1997.

  • TurnTwo

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

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He was until … today.

      • TurnTwo

        and how crazy is wikipedia… it’s already changed to current pitching coach on the NY Yankees.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      2002-present, according to Wikipedia. Also managed the Devil Rays from 1998-2001.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Squishy Jello Person

    Girardi likes his Cubs.

    • pat

      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.

  • Not Tank the Frank

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

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Sadly, that’s Reed Rothchild with no S. They’re not (faux)-related.

      • Oliver Queen

        Your encyclopedic knowledge of porn stars is enviable.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    The old Devil Rays manager.

  • CountryClub

    Does he specialize in teaching the change up?

    • larryf

      we already use it-3-4x a game but not for strikes

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

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

    • Sayid J.

      That’s impressive, I wonder where you found that info.

      His Cubs clubs led the majors with 11,604 strike outs over the last nine seasons

      Oh…

      • nathan

        Yes !! He couldn’t hv found that out from anywhere else

        • Sayid J.

          Well my original point was that anyone who read the post would know that, so even if he found it from somewhere else, if he had read the post he would have known that he was not adding anything new to the conversation

          … now that I know that he posted it before it was in the post, I retract my comment.

      • pat

        Carlosologist posted it first before it was fleshed out.

        • Sayid J.

          Gotcha, thanks. If only I could retract my snark-laden post…

    • nathan

      How much of that was Wood and Prior

      • Thomas

        825 Wood and 757 Prior. Carlos Zambrano was 1168.

        • nathan

          Wow

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

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

    • J.R.

      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

        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

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

      • James

        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.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

      I had my confetti ready and everything :(

  • tampaRob

    Told you Tom zig!!

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      Haha yes you were right, tampaRob, and I didn’t believe you. My bad. But you should have posted in the off-topic thread and not the Albaladejo thread.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    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.

  • MikeD

    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.

  • Frank

    This is a great hire.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    I love this signing already.

  • Chris

    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.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Agreed.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      This.

      Although zombie pitching coach would certainly be interesting. I’d also be curious to watch a lich straighten AJ out, hopefully without sucking out his life force.

      /huge fantasy nerd.

  • mbonzo

    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.

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    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.

    • MikeD

      Ninja Cashman at work again.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Cashman’s doing?! Well then he fucking sucks!!!

        /you-know-who’d

    • Ted Nelson

      He already had a job, which doesn’t exactly make for the same kind of speculation material as someone who is unemployed…

  • Yank the Frank

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

    • Sal

      2 to 1 odds Jorge did it.

  • Sal

    Can he help AJ?

    • jim p

      probably can’t hurt ‘em much more.

  • UncleArgyle

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

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      IETC

      • Mike HC

        haha, as did I.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

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

    *curls up in corner.

    • Mister Delaware

      No, but only because Rothschild was able to lift his right arm above his head.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    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.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      I am Mike R and I approve this message.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

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

    More proof the Yankees don’t care about defense.

    /Neyer’d

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      I beat you to it, neener neener.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        GMTA.

        Also, great minds think alike.

        • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

          Good Morning Tucson Arizona?

    • rbizzler

      In all seriouness, if he helps P. Hughes convert some of those foul balls into swing-and-misses I will be a happy fela

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    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.

    • John

      So what would they call Alan Horne is he makes it to the show?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        IETC.

    • gc

      Haven’t you heard? Hughes is nothing more than a “homer prone 5th starter” who hasn’t improved one bit since 2007, so why would anyone expect his K/9 numbers to get better next year??

      /Rob’d

  • J.R.

    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.

    • A.D.

      His compensation 100% tied to AJs ERA

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      They said watching games of AJ, CC, and Hughes was part of the interview process.

      • J.R.

        I know, I just think that there is a correlation of declining K/9 rates in both CC and AJ and them hiring a strikeout coach.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          Gotcha. Wouldn’t disagree.

    • steve (different one)

      They showed him footage of jeter on defense and asked how he would pitch to his defense. He said “strikeouts”. Boom, hired.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Bravo.

  • Sal

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

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

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

    • Sal

      C’Mon. Does he have some sort of secret he could share with pitchers on how to stike out a batter?

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        If it is a secret why would you expect me to know?

  • Plank

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

    http://www.allvoices.com/contr.....rothschild

  • vinny-b

    was really hoping for Don Cooper.

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

  • Shaun

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    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.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      I think the question on everyone’s mind is “Where is his binder?”.

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        Not meant to be a reply.

        :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      Maybe it’s based on his reputation? Dave Duncan is supposed a sinkerballer/GB coach. What pitching coaches do is a mystery but we don’t have much to go on.

  • mustang

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
      • mustang

        “the Yanks’ coaching M.O. lately has focused around younger, more progressive types who have some ties to the organization.”

        http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....job-37697/

        • mustang

          What I was referring to Sir.

          • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            That quote is a far-cry from the ‘new Yankee era’ with ‘new-age hotshot’ coaches.

            I know you love making every conversation into a ‘new-age hotshots who think they’re really smart’ vs. ‘grizzled old steady veterans with baseball and life experience,’ but the world doesn’t work that way and I’m sorry, but the act gets pretty tired.

            • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Eh, forget that last little bit, that was unnecessary. Do your thing, mustang, it’s none of my business.

              • mustang

                Its ok there is MANY people here who act I’m pretty tired of I just don’t bother to reply to their comments. It’s really not that serious.

            • mustang

              “I know you love making every conversation into a ‘new-age hotshots who think they’re really smart’ vs. ‘grizzled old steady veterans with baseball and life experience,’”

              Wrong! What I like to point out is that just because its new and shiny it doesn’t necessarily mean that it works better. A point that I think sometimes gets lost here.

  • Accent Shallow

    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.

    Shit.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Eh. I won’t worry.

    • Mister Delaware

      Maybe they meant literally?

      • Mike HC

        hahaha … I’ll die if our pitchers all of sudden start to literally nibble on seeds or something with 0-2 counts.

        • Mike HC

          I’m still laughing over that. I’m either slightly retarded, or over tired. Probably a little of both.

        • MikeD

          If the Yankees sign Cliff Lee, I’d like to see him tell Cliff to nibble! “Cliff, this machine-like, strike-one, strike-two, strike-three is boring me. Nibble.!”

          I wouldn’t make anything of that at all. Just a fan from a losing team.

    • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I wouldn’t pay that much mind at all… Look at how Yankees fans talked about Eiland. It doesn’t mean anything.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I don’t think the pitching coach can control how much a pitcher nibbles. The most agressive pitching coach in the history of mankind would not stop Dice-BB from being a nibbler. That’s also anecdotal, I’m not too concerned.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        How can he nibble when he doesn’t even watch where his pitch goes?

        • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

          Oh wait… that’s Hideki Okajima

    • All Star Carl
      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        I was just wondering about the walks. Thanks for the link. Great information.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Meh, it’s probably confirmation bias unless someone has some sort of study that Cubs pitchers walked too many, or walked too many guys after going 0-2, or whatever. Just browsing the comments it seems he was pretty well-liked – which is again pretty much confirmation bias.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        unless someone has some sort of study that Cubs pitchers walked too many, or walked too many guys after going 0-2, or whatever.

        And that still wouldn’t prove any correlation on Rothschild’s coaching making these guys nibble.

      • MikeD

        Just the opposite. I included this link below, but Rothschild has increased strikeouts, while decreasing walks.

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

    • mbonzo

      Shit?
      Nibbling is better than throwing the ball down the plate 0-2.
      Remember when everyone was pissed that hitters were getting balls too easy to hit 0-2, especially in the playoffs when the team was getting shelled in those counts against the Rangers.

      Nibbling 0-2? I am highly aroused.

  • jiffy

    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.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Kerry Wood, Mark Prior and Dusty Baker doesn’t help…

    • All Star Carl
      • jiffy

        Thats encouraging, sounds like exactly the type of pitching coach AJ needs to get him back to his old self

        • Mike HC

          Constantly injured? I don’t think AJ has an “old self.” That guy shoots random, ha.

  • mbonzo

    But can Rothschild help AJ with his pie control?

    • Mike HC

      Based on his strikeout reputation, the pies with probably come in harder but with less control. Kim Jones better be on guard this year.

      • JerseyDutch

        AJ’s pie mechanics were always a bit iffy. He collapses on the rear leg and doesn’t follow through on delivery.

      • Stratman9652

        This comment taken out of context = awesome.

  • EndlessMike

    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.

    • Sal

      What is a strikeout coach? I don’t get it?

      • Mike HC

        A guy who coaches his pitchers to pitch away from contact rather than to contact.

      • Mister Delaware

        “Coach, he’s totally set up. I can get him to ground into a DP here.”

        “Dammit, Phil, we’re not looking for a ground ball. I’m a strikeout coach. I taught you to strike guys out. NOW DO IT!”

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        What EndlessMike meant by “Strikeout coach” is a pitching coach that emphasizes striking batters out rather than pitching to contact.

  • Another Bronx Dynasty

    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.

  • MikeD

    The guy who runs one of the largest Cubs blogs — AnotherCubsBlog.net — (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:

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

    All good stuff.