Larry Rothschild, the long-time Yankees pitching coach, is being removed as the first significant move of this Yankees offseason, the team announced.
Rothschild, 65, had been the Yankees pitching coach since 2011. The team was expected to make an announcement about the decision as early as Monday. Rothschild was Joe Girardi’s pitching coach for the Yankees from 2011 to 2017. Girardi was to be introduced at a press conference as the Phillies’ manager on Monday. So a reunion is possible.
But Rothschild did not jump. He had a year left on his three-year contract. He loved being the Yankees pitching coach. But the Yankees are moving more and more toward a more analytic/technological mode in developing their pitchers and preparing them for games.
Rothschild was not resistant to modernity — he used the newer items as part of his prep work. However, he was considerably more old school than new school.
“I want to personally thank Larry for his near decade of commitment to this organization,” Brian Cashman said in a statement. “Larry cares deeply about his craft and the pitchers under his tutelage, and he played a significant role in our successes over the past nine seasons. There’s a reason why Larry has had the type of distinguished baseball career he’s had, and it starts with experience and dedication that is difficult to emulate.”
Amid many injuries, the Yankees produced a 4.31 ERA during the regular season, 14th in the majors. They had a 2.87 ERA in the playoffs, but it wasn’t enough for the Yanks to get over the hump and back into the World Series.
Rothschild’s removal is part of a larger shakeup within the Yankees’ organization. Longtime minor league pitching coordinator Danny Borrell left in August after over a decade with the Yankees to become the pitching coach at Georgia Tech. He was credited with the development of Domingo German and top prospect Deivi Garcia.
And Scott Aldred, who served as the Yankees’ pitching coordinator, was among five minor league coaches let go after the minor league season last month. Borrell worked with the lower-level teams in the system and Aldred with the upper teams.