The Yankees have fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild, a longtime former colleague of the Phillies’ Joe Girardi and Rob Thomson. Could they soon reunite?
For seven consecutive seasons, from 2011 to 2017, now-Phillies manager Joe Girardi and bench coach Rob Thomson, along with pitching coach Larry Rothschild, worked as members of the New York Yankees coaching staff.
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Since, the former Yankees manager has been out of baseball, while Thomson has been on the Phillies’ coaching staff. Rothschild, meanwhile, had remained with the Yankees until Monday, as according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, he is being removed as the 27-time World Series champion’s pitching coach.
Sherman tweets, “[The] Yankees more and more are moving toward new-age techniques to develop/game prep their pitchers, from the minors up. Rothschild was not totally resistant, he used analytic data to meld a pitching plan. But he was clearly more old school, than new.”
So, now that Rothschild is a free agent, keep an eye on him possibly reuniting with Girardi and Thomson in red pinstripes.
The Phillies parted ways with pitching coach Chris Young shortly after the 2019 season, and are tasked to find a new coach for that role, as well as for hitting coach on Girardi’s staff. All other coaches under former manager Gabe Kapler have been invited back.
In addition to being the Yankees’ pitching coach since 2011, Rothschild has been in baseball for 33 straight years as either a coach or manager, NBC Sports Philadelphia writes. He has been on the coaching staff for the following teams, including the Yankees: Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Florida/Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs. He managed the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 1998 to 2001.
Girardi will be introduced as Phillies manager Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The offseason has just begun, and the 2009 World Series champion finding a new pitching coach and hitting coach to join his staff are the expected next moves among many the club will make in the coming months.
Given his connection to Girardi and Thomson, Rothschild is surely the favorite to become the next Phillies pitching coach.