Staff Notes: Rothschild, Thomson, Mackanin



The Yankees re-signed Joe Girardi to a new four-year contract worth $16M yesterday, but there are still some other coaching staff and front office situations to address. Here’s the latest from George King, Andy Martino, and Andrew Marchand.

  • Pitching coach Larry Rothschild is close to signing a new contract extension. Brian Cashman recently said the team hoped to bring him back, but they needed to get the manager’s spot settled first. All of the coaches’ contracts expire on October 31st.
  • The Mariners have internally discussed the possibility of pursuing Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson for their managerial opening. They have not yet asked New York for permission to interview Thomson or any of their coaches, however.
  • The Phillies named Pete Mackanin their new third base coach earlier this week. He spent this past year as a Major League scout with the Yankees. Mackanin is very highly regarded within the game and was reportedly on the team’s short list of managerial candidates if Girardi left.
  • The Yankees will not bring back Charlie Wonsowicz, who has been an advance scout/video coordinator for the last five years. The position has being eliminated for whatever reason. Wonsowicz had been in the organization for 21 years.
  • Lastly, former Yankee and current YES broadcaster Paul O’Neill has some interest in replacing the since-fired Dusty Baker in Cincinnati. However, Reds GM Walt Jocketty confirmed the team has “not reached out to Paul regarding our managerial vacancy.”


  1. mick taylor says:

    have the mariners seen thompson coach. please take him. yanks should sign rodney for bullpen and either beltran or cruz for outfield if on short term deals

    • mitch says:

      No thanks on Rodney. He’ll get way overpaid because of the save count. They could probably sign 2 or 3 solid bullpen guys without closer experience for the same price. I’d rather go that route and hope one of them (or Robertson) can settle into the closer role.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        He could use a shower.

      • RetroRob says:

        It will be Robertson’s to lose. We will just have to channel our inner John Wettland and go back to days when the 9th inning was a more nerve-wracking experience. One of great things about Mo is that his 9th innings were so efficient. There was little worry. He’d blow saves just like any closer, but the actual saves were as stress free as can be. Those days are over.

  2. LarryM Fl says:

    The Reds will have a spread setup in the dugout for O’Niel to munch during the game as per his contract. This shall include ice cream during the 8th inning.

    • Pee Wee Herman Ruth says:

      Reports are that if O’Neill gets the Reds’ managerial position that YSIII can expect a 30% decline in concession stand sales.

      Funny thing is…O’Neill is still fit despite his binge eating.

  3. NeilT says:

    The Yanks open the 2nd half vs. the Reds at the Stadium. How cool would it be for Paulie to be the Reds manager, and have his number officially retired/some kind of ceremony that weekend?

  4. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Wonsowicz failed.

  5. Nick says:

    If Thomson leaves, I wonder if O’Neill would be a fit (or even have interest) in the 3B coach job.

  6. Can someone explain why Rothschilds should come back? He was hired based on his ‘I can fix A.J.’ speech. How did that turn out? He hasn’t improved one pitcher. CC, Hughes, Chamberlain, have been terrible. Kuroda took two steps back in both 2012 and 13. I blame Girardi on the arm woes. Even if the pen doesn’t get in the game, they can’t warm up three times a games! They didn’t mention him, but, K-Long had only one .300 hitter. And the swings at pitches that don’t reach the plate, those that are a foot in the opposite batters box, or that almost hit them. I watch Papi, Fielder, Cabrera, Longoria all go the other way, but, those like Tex, who just gotta’ do what they can do hit into the teeth of the shift for easy outs. This year will be worse.

    • Mr. Roth says:

      Not to mention the fact that Kevin Long didn’t have a single hit this season! NOT A SINGLE HIT!!! What good is a hitting coach if he can’t even hit the damn ball?!?!

    • Bubba says:

      K-Long saunters over to the cage where Tex is taking BP.

      K-Long: Hey Tex… I have some ideas on how to beat the the shift and maybe bring that BA up.

      Tex: Thanks Kevin. I have an idea of you shutting the Eff up.

      K-Long: Alrighty then.

      K-Long meanders back to the dugout.

    • Fin says:

      Amazing how shitty of a hitting coach K-long is when he cant turn Wells and company into Papi, Fielder, Cabrera and Longoria. Gona go through a lot of hitting coaches trying to turn shitty players into those guys.

      • Fin…you miss the point. K-Long should be able to turn them into better hitters by using the whole field. I mention those players to point out that they aren’t above going the other way. Juan Pierre of the Marlins shows up early to bunt 50 pitches a day. This kind of work ethic could help Gardner, Nunez, Grandy. Look what Cano did out of dropping one down against the shift. If the big names in baseball can use the whole field, Wells and company could only benefit. As for Rothschild, I again point out he got the job by promising to fix AJ. I refuse to believe that the rotation and pen can’t be fixed. Stottlemyre was a perfect example of a pitching coach working with the player and not trying to change him. As for the coaches not hitting or pitching, neither does Girardi, but, a sure read a lot of bitching about him (Neither does Cash for that matter).

        • Mr. Roth says:

          “Juan Pierre of the Marlins shows up early to bunt 50 pitches a day.”

          Bunting 50 pitches a day IS batting practice for Juan Pierre.

  7. Dan Morra says:

    Get rid of Kevin Long and give O’Neill THAT JOB!

    • hogsmog says:

      Great players aren’t necessarily great teachers. They might even be at a disadvantage, having so much talent they never really knew what it was like to have to learn how to hit/pitch.

  8. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Dumb question–I assume Girardi’s deal counts towards the $189M salary “cap” number? Is that accurate?

  9. Dan Morra says:

    My 2014 coaching staff – Joe Girardi MGR, Lou Piniella BENCH, Paul O’Neill HITTING, Andy Pettitte PITCHING, Mariano Rivera BULLPEN, and (less seriously), Rickey Henderson 1ST BASE, Mickey Rivers 3RD BASE, and most important of all — Dr. James Andrews STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING AND OVERALL INJURY PREVENTION

  10. KenM says:

    If Paulie doesn’t get the Reds gig I’d love to see him on the Yankees coaching staff somewhere.

  11. The Big City of Dreams says:

    I’m ok with Rothschild coming back but I think it’s time to let Long go.

  12. JohnnyC says:

    Rob Thomson is Canadian. Hopefully Seattle will carry an interpreter for him. Otherwise his players won’t understand a single word.

  13. Greg says:

    Good third base coaches are hard to find. Something Paul has never done. Nice try guys.

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