Yankees Pitching Coach Will Not Return

The Yankees today announced that Larry Rothschild will not return to the coaching staff for the 2020 season. Rothschild recently completed his ninth season as Yankees pitching coach in 2019, his 45th in professional baseball as a player, coach or manager. 

Since joining the club in 2011, Yankees pitchers have led the American League in wins (826), winning percentage (.567), strikeouts (12,634) and first-pitch strike percentage (61.9%). “I want to personally thank Larry for his near decade of commitment to this organization,” said Brian Cashman, Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager.

 “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.” 

A member of World Series-winning coaching staffs with Cincinnati in 1990 and Florida in 1997, Rothschild began his coaching career as a roving minor league pitching instructor for the Reds from 1986-89, before joining their Major League staff as the bullpen coach from 1990-91 and pitching coach from 1992-93.

After one season as the Braves’ roving minor league pitching instructor in 1994, he became the Marlins’ pitching coach from 1995-97. On November 7, 1997, he became the first manager in Tampa Bay franchise history, going 205-294 through April 18, 2001, and raising the then-Devil Rays’ winning percentage in each of his three full-seasons at the helm.

He finished the 2001 season as a consultant to the Marlins before becoming the Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach for nine seasons (2002-10). Signed by the Reds as a non-drafted free agent in 1975, Rothschild pitched for 11 years (1975-85) in the Cincinnati and Detroit organizations, going 66-46 with 50 saves and a 3.96 ERA in 387 minor league games, including 80 starts. He made seven career Major League relief appearances across two seasons with the Tigers (1981-82).

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