Rothschild to meet with Burnett in coming weeks

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Via Buster Olney, new pitching coach Larry Rothschild is expected to fly down to Maryland to visit with A.J. Burnett in the coming weeks. A.J. called Rothschild as soon as he was hired, and the two are expected to talk about mechanics and whatnot at the upcoming pow-wow. I’m sure the cynics among us will say this should have happened weeks ago, but these guys can’t focus on baseball all year long. It’s 162 games plus Spring Training plus the playoffs, and everyone needs time to unwind and clear their head.

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It's official: Yankees sign Pedro Feliciano
Open Thread: A.J. turns his number
  • J.R.

    I hope Rothschild has some really good ideas.

  • Jerkface

    Can he also turn Joba back into a starter?

    • Tarheel Yankee

      Stop with the Joba as a starter stuff… Never going to happen. He is in the bullpen for good.

      • Bulldozer

        I wish people would put it to rest too. It’s getting to be a little annoying.

      • Kevin Ocala, Fl

        Are you basing this on Joba’s health or do you think that he just doesn’t have the baseball IQ/stamina to be a starter?

        • Cuso

          Do we have to pick just one option?

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Well if he isn’t going to start and he’s not good enough to pitch the 8th than why is he still on team?

    • Midland TX

      Thank you. This was hilarious AND needed to be said.

  • http://twitter.com/bryanl26 Bryan L

    Man, Rothschild is gonna be all boot-camp like on Burnett.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    yay?

    It can’t be any worse.

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

    at the upcoming pow-wow

    hopefully there are no more black eyes.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      He did pretty well that game. Maybe we should hope for a shiner.

  • BigApple

    i read that Rothschild likes his pitchers to throw strikes…..i’m all for that approach!

    • The Real JobaWockeeZ

      Unfortunately I don’t think God himself can make AJ throw less balls…

      • pete

        Yeah but at least Rothschild’s real

        /thatoneguy’d

        • The Real JobaWockeeZ

          SO who the hell has been closing games for the past decade?

          • David

            IETCVM

          • http://Twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

            +42

  • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

    I would like to be a fly on the wall for these meetings. Given that I am now, however, I will simply hope and pray that Burnett comes back with a knee-buckling curveball and a sub-3 ERA.

    I like to set my standards high.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      am not*. Stupid spelling.

    • CS Yankee

      If the hook returns with a sub-3 ERA…well, AJ would be more popular than ____________?

      /toobigtothinkabout’d

      • OldYanksFan

        Jesus!
        (/Montero’d)

    • Accent Shallow

      He’s always had the knee buckling curve (except in 2010, apparently). What he’s never had is the ability to locate either that or the fastball.

      Or a third pitch to go to when he can’t locate.

      • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

        Location is an important part of knee-buckling.

        • BigApple

          indeed…and the umps generousity with the calls. the majority of burnett’s pitches are purposely thrown out of the strike zone…if the hitter doesn’t chase, het gets in trouble. that’s why i’m hoping rothschild can get him to attack the zone better…get ahead and stay there. same with Joba who loves to go 0-2 on a guy and then get cute with his slider that no one swings at anymore…with both joba and AJ it can go from 0-2 to 3-2 in a matter of seconds and then its either a BB or a baseknock.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    I know this sounds like a bad idea, but I’m willing to make a gamble by trading Burnett straight up for Felix Hernandez. I know Burnett is like really really good and all but I’m willing to take a chance on the Felix dude.

    • http://twitter.com/bryanl26 Bryan L

      Me too. Sometimes you just gotta go out on a limb and make a move.

    • Xstar7

      Are you crazy? AJ Burnett is the best pitcher in the American league and Felix Hernandez is just some overrated prospect.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

      I bet that Cashidiot would do it too because he sucks as a GM

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      I don’t know, we might have to throw in Melky Mesa to get Seattle to be interested.

  • Kevin Ocala, Fl

    “It’s 162 games plus Spring Training plus the playoffs, and everyone needs time to unwind and clear their head”.

    That has to be one of the funniest lines ever written!

    • Cuso

      ?

      • OldYanksFan

        You don’t mean like, ballplayers should get to spend the Holidays with their families? I THOUGHT YOU WERE A BASEBALL FAN!

        • Kevin Ocala, Fl

          No, like, I know what’s it’s like to run an very intense, hands-on business. Like, my responsibility runs a hell of a lot deaper than needing 3-4 months to “clear my head out”. My intention was not to mock Mike’s column but to put a needle into this bubbble that pro athletes float in. I’m sure a lot of you guys don’t get the money, perks, and vacation that these guys get. That being said, I’m a 40+ year fan of the Yankees. In that time many ballplayers worked during the off-season to make some extra cash. So please, enough of the weeping.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Godspeed.

  • MajorBLeague

    Rothschild can help out Burnett. Remember, the Yankees got him for a reason. Burnett has an effective Changeup that he rarely ever uses. If he would incorporate that and make himself a three pitch pitcher, it would really stifle hitters and make him stronger. Plus, for the people that call Cashman an “idiot” “moron” “loser” etc, YOU try running the Yankees, and handling everything with the Steinbrenners. I know Cashman has not made the best moves in his tenure, but there is nobody else who can even handle the Yankees well.

  • http://yesnetwork.com solamon

    please turn joba into a strater