The New York Yankees are parting ways with pitching coach Larry Rothschild, who had been with the team since 2011.
The New York Yankees are parting ways with pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Several sources broke the news early Monday, including Buster Olney of ESPN and Joel Sherman of The New York Post.
Sources: Yankees have discussed making a change at pitching coach and moving on from Larry Rothschild.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 28, 2019
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 28, 2019
Rothschild, 65, had served in his position since 2011. In 2019, the Yankees’ pitching staff ranked 14th in MLB with a staff ERA of 4.31 before pitching to a 3.65 mark in the postseason.
Prior to joining the Yankees, Rothschild was the Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach for nine years. He won a pair of World Series rings as a coach, once with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990 and again with the then-Florida Marlins in 1997. Rothschild was also the inaugural manager of the Tampa Bay then-Devil Rays, going 205-294 in three-plus seasons.
Rothschild was never able to earn a ring in the Bronx, which is why his dismissal seems properly timed. The Yankees are a younger team and could use a similar pitching coach. Moreover, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia mentioned Rothschild as possibly joining new Philadelphia Phillies skipper and former Yankees manager Joe Girardi in the City of Brotherly Love.
Two names to watch for Phillies pitching coach. Dave Eiland and Larry Rothschild. Both were former Girardi pitching coaches with NYY. Rothschild has year left on NYY deal, but NYY could make changes on staff.
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) October 24, 2019
A move to Philadelphia would also reunite Larry Rothschild with Phillies bench coach Rob Thomson, who was also on Girardi’s staff in New York for years.
As for who the Yankees would hire to replace Rothschild, it’s hard to say. Former pitcher and fan-favorite David Cone is a possibility, as he has proven to be analytical and insightful in his work as a YES Network commentator. Bullpen coach Mike Harkey could also be promoted.
Either way, expect the Yankees to conduct a meticulous search because, with Larry Rothschild’s exit, it truly is the end of an era in the Bronx.
Stay tuned to ESNY for further updates on this story.