Just over a week after they were eliminated by the Houston Astros in the ALCS, the New York Yankees announced Monday that they are moving on from widely respected pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
The New York Yankees today announced that Larry Rothschild will not return to the coaching staff for the 2020 season. pic.twitter.com/5rTA6a3noA— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 28, 2019
Rothschild, who has over 30 years of MLB coaching experience, left the Chicago Cubs after the 2010 season and joined the New York Yankees in 2011. The Pinstripes won consecutive AL East division titles in Rothschild's first two years on the job, and they made three ALCS appearances during his nine-year tenure - in 2012, 2017 and 2019.
ESPN's Buster Olney suggested that the Philadelphia Phillies could be the next stop for Rothschild. They hired Joe Girardi as their new manager last week, and the latter served as skipper of the Yankees for seven seasons while Rothschild was employed there. The two "have always had a good working relationship," per Olney.
Over the past couple of seasons, the Yankees haven't gotten as much out of their rotation as hoped. Though their bullpen has been among baseball's elite under Rothschild, the woes in the starting rotation cost New York dearly in their 2018 ALDS loss to the Boston Red Sox - and in their ALCS elimination to the Astros.
That said, Rothschild deserves plenty of credit for his work alongside Yankees young and veteran pitchers. He helped veteran ace C.C. Sabathia sustain a high performance level all the way through his age-39 season here in 2019. Rothschild also helped develop Luis Severino into a true ace, and his work in forming one of baseball's best bullpens cannot be overlooked.
The Yankees haven't reached the World Series since 2009, but the bar is always set at an extraordinary high level. Someone had to take the blame for New York's early playoff elimination, and the Yankees ultimately chose Rothschild.
Rothschild Won't Be Out Of Work For Long
Given his long track record of success, Rothschild will be one of the most sought-after pitching coaches on the market. New York's loss will be somebody else's gain, and as Olney suggested, the Phillies are a prime destination.