Yanks new pitching coach a familiar face: Larry Rothschild
The Yankees just hired a new pitching coach who is a familiar face to Rays fans - former Larry Rothschild.
Rothschild, who had been with the Cubs from 2002-2010, agreed to a 3-year deal. He said he took the job because it provided an opportunity to spend more time (specifically spring training) with his family at their Tampa home and, of course, because it was the Yankees - the favorite team of his father.
“It’s a situation that was hard to pass by,’’ said Rothschild, who managed the Rays from 1998-2001. “This has less to do with leaving the Cubs then with being with the Yankees and being with the family.’’
When Rothschild went to the Cubs, current Yankees manager Joe Girardi was one of their catchers. Now Rothschild will work for Girardi, and replaced a player he used to manage with the Rays, Dave Eiland.
Here's what Girardi had to say about hiring Rothschild:
"Larry brings a wealth of invaluable experience to our team and to our pitching staff. 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.”
And Yankees GM Brian Cashman:
“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.''
And Cubs GM Jim Hendry:
“The Cubs would like to thank Larry Rothschild for nine years of service to this organization,” said Hendry. “We understand his reasons for pursuing the opportunity with the Yankees and agree he is making the right decision by his family.