On Monday, the Yankees announced that pitching coach Larry Rothschild while not be returning for the 2020 season. Rothschild has been the Yankees pitching coach for the past nine seasons. After much criticism for lack of starting pitching, it seems as the Yankees are looking to change things up.
Rothschilds’s Biggest Mistake
One of the biggest blunders on Rothschild’s resume is Sonny Gray and his performance in pinstripes When the Yankees traded for Sonny Gray in 2017, Gray was very good as a part of the Athletics as he posted a 2.73 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP which resulted in him finishing 3rd in CY Young voting. When Gray came to New York, he just did not have the same stuff. He posted an ERA of 4.90 and a WHIP of 1.496.
When Gray was a part Yankees, people assumed that he was just a flash in the pan. However, the Yankees traded Gray to the Reds in the offseason prior to the 2019 season and he returned to his former self. He posted a 2.87 ERA as well as a 1.08 WHIP and an all star appearance. So who is to blame for this? Many people feel it was indeed Rothschild. He had a very promising pitcher on his roster and let his talents go to waste. Whatever was wrong with Gray’s game was definitely fixable and Rothschild just did not work at whatever was holding Gray back.
The Yankees have many good pitchers that have some flaws occasionally. Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, and James Paxton all have the stuff to be aces however, they all had their fair share of struggles. A reason for that could be Rothschild’s approach. Rothschild is not a believer in analytics and usually just goes by his “gut feeling.” A change in environment can help these guys become more consistent.
Whats Next For the Yankees?
As the news just came out about Rothschild, all possible candidates are just rumor. However, it seems very likely the Yankees want to find someone uses analytics. An early candidate for the job however, is David Cone. David Cone is currently a commentator with YES network. He has ties with the Yankees because he played for the team in the 90s winning four world series with the team. He was also a an all-star with the team and is able to adapt to the world of analytics.