It looks like there will be at least one familiar face in the Yankees’ dugout next season. Joel Sherman of The New York Post reports that pitching coach Larry Rothschild will remain with the team regardless of who the next manager is.
Rothschild has been the club’s pitching coach since 2011, and is valued by the front office for his ability to blend analytics with hands-on work. Under Rothschild in 2017, the Yanks finished with a collective 3.72 ERA, good for fifth best in the league. Luis Severino emerged from a 3-8, 5.83 ERA 2016 to a 16-4, 2.98 ERA and Cy Young candidate 2017. Jordan Montgomery made an impressive debut while CC Sabathia seemed to find the fountain of youth and post his best W-L% since 2010 and lowest ERA since 2012. Rothschild deserves a lot, if not all, of the credit for that.
While a lot of the coaching staff remains contract-less, it is possible that some are retained, in particular bench coach Rob Thomson and assistant hitting coach Marcus Thames.