The Yankees made the surprising announcement on Monday that Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild will not return for the 2020 season.
Rothschild joined the Yankees in 2011, and in his tenure, their 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, in a statement. “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.”
Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, who took over in 2018, said in a statement, “Larry is someone I leaned on extensively over these past two years. I’m truly grateful that I had someone as established and loyal as Larry as I made my transition to the dugout. Seeing him work day after day, I have a deep appreciation for how devoted he was to his craft and how tirelessly he dove into his responsibilities. His distinguished career clearly reflects how highly he is regarded amongst his peers in baseball, and I wish him the very best moving forward.”
Rothschild has been in baseball for 45 years, and was 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, and went 205-294 in his tenure until he was dismissed on April 18, 2001. He finished the 2001 season as a consultant to the Marlins before becoming the Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach for nine seasons (2002-10), followed by his nine years with the Yankees.
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).