Larry Rothschild will return as Yankees pitching coach

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 27: Masahiro Tanaka
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 27: Masahiro Tanaka /

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild will return to the dugout in 2018. It will be his 8th season working with the pinstriped pitchers.

While the Yankees will have a new manager in Aaron Boone, their pitching coach will remain the same. After leading a rather young staff that up some of the best numbers in the majors in 2017, Larry Rothschild has signed a new one-year contract to remain with the team.

Rothschild worked as a coach, pitching instructor and manager before taking his first pitching coach job with the Chicago Cubs.

Since he took over in the Bronx, Rothschild’s staffs have consistently been amongst the most consistent in the major leagues.

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Under Rothschild, four Yankee shooters have finished in the top 10 for the Cy Young award, including the past three. CC Sabathia finished 4th in 2011, Andrew Miller 10th in 2015, Masahiro Tanaka 7th in 2016 and Luis Severino 3rd this past year.

Over his first seven seasons as Yankees’ pitching coach, Rothschild has led his staff to a 3.87 ERA, and a low of 3.72 in 2017. They have also recorded 9,466 strikeouts in a little over 10,000 innings pitched.

Rothschild briefly pitched in the majors during the 1981 and 1982 seasons. He threw 8.2 innings, recording only one strikeout and posting a 5.40 ERA.

After 11 seasons in the minors, he retired in 1985 and went to work for the Cincinnati Reds as their bullpen coach, which lasted from 1986-1993. Rothschild won his first World Series ring with the Reds in 1990.

He then went on to work with the Braves as a pitching instructor in 1994, before moving to the Florida Marlins from 1995-1997.

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Rothschild was even the inaugural manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1998 until he was fired in 2001. He then went to Chicago to be the Cubs’ pitching coach, where he remained until coming to the Bronx in 2011 as part of Joe Girardi’s staff.