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About 20 minutes ago, the Yankees announced that Larry Rothschild, former pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs, will be filling the same position for the Yankees for the next 3 years.  Rothschild will take the place of Dave Eiland, who was not rehired after a bumpy 2010 season.  Unlike Eiland, Rothschild brings significant experience as a major league pitching coach to the table, having held the position in Chicago since 2002.  He has also worked with the Braves and Marlins in the past, as well as managing the Rays.  I’m typing from some mediocre wifi right now so more in-depth analysis will have to wait, but I can’t say that I’m surprised that the Yankees went for an experienced, well-respected major league coach after the Dave Eiland experience did not work out.  This announcement came out of left field, but ninja-like moves such as this one have become the norm for Brian Cashman.

9 Responses to “Yanks tap Rothschild to be new pitching coach”

  1. I’m excited to see what he can do with the staff  (Quote)

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    T.O. Chris Reply:

    If he was able to deal with a nut job like Zambrano maybe he can do something with a much less angry and physically explosive AJ Burnett.  (Quote)

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    The Big City of Dreams Reply:

    Exactly and judging by how the interview went he definitely has some ideas when it comes to getting AJ back on track  (Quote)

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    T.O. Chris Reply:

    I have never heard of an interview process Cashman had, giving guys 6 hours of tape on Burnett, Hughes and Sabathia along with 5 opposing hitters and then the next day come back with a specific gameplan for each pitcher. Pretty in depth.  (Quote)

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    The Big City of Dreams Reply:

    I’ve never heard of it either and it’s pretty fascinating what they made the candidates do. I’m sure it caught some if not all of them off guard lol  (Quote)

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  2. Lohud has an interesting look-it seems he improves both strikeout and walk numbers. More K’s and fewer BB’s is a formula I like. If he can get AJ to get back to near where he was in Toronto,,,  (Quote)

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    T.O. Chris Reply:

    I was reading some fan comments from Cubs fans about his departure and it seemed some were happy and thought he was responsible for injuries but the rational ones seemed to give nothing but glowing review on his work improving the break on pitchers offspeed stuff, seems like something that could help tighten AJ’s curve back up.  (Quote)

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    The Big City of Dreams Reply:

    Yea the rational fans seem pretty pissed that he’s no longer their pitching coach. Some have even said that’s it’s a huge loss for the Cubs.  (Quote)

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  3. I’ve never heard of it either and it’s pretty fascinating what they made the candidates do. I’m sure it caught some if not all of them off guard lol  

    Rothschild seemed surprised including saying in all the years he’s done this he’s never even heard of an interview like that before, Cashman really seems to be in control of the situation for one of the first times since being GM. Nobodies peering over his shoulder, negating moves, forcing moves upon him and he seems to be flourishing.  (Quote)

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