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Yankees announce pitching coach Larry Rothschild won't return

UniqueThis 5 Oct 28

The New York Yankees have fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild, the team announced Monday.

Rothschild has had the job since 2011, when he replaced Dave Eiland, who was fired.

"I want to personally thank Larry for his near decade of commitment to this organization. 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 general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement.

Despite sending an MLB-record 30 players to the injured list this season, the Yankees appeared in the American League Championship Series, eventually losing to the Houston Astros. Statistically, the 2019 pitching staff wasn't as good as the 2018 version, however.

The 2019 Yankees finished 103-59 for a .636 winning percentage, and their 4.31 team ERA ranked sixth in the AL.

The 2018 team finished 100-62 but with a 3.78 ERA.

Rothschild would be an option as pitching coach in Philadelphia. He and new Phillies manager Joe Girardi have a good working relationship; they spent seven seasons together with the Yankees.

Rothschild previously worked as a coach for the Reds, Braves, Marlins and Cubs. He served as the Tampa Bay Rays' inaugural manager, from 1998 until early in the 2001 season.

After failing to acquire a pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline, Cashman said last week that the team intends to be "aggressive" in landing a star pitcher in the offseason.

Among the pitchers who could be available: the Astros' Gerrit Cole, who will be a free agent, and the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg, who can opt out of his deal.