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New Padres pitching coach Larry Rothschild joins club armed with information, experience

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Larry Rothschild was dropped by the Yankees and picked up by the Padres for similar reasons.

Both teams wanted a new set of eyes, a new approach.

"We continue to try to evolve and grow," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday at the general managers meetings here. "That was one of the only reasons -- with the advanced stuff that is coming into play now, we were looking to get even more involved in it. But none of us currently, until we brought Matt Blake on, were in a position to lead that direction. We didn't have that leader here in the present as I started planning for the future.

"I wouldn't say a different voice as much as I wanted someone who had a deeper dive into technology than we -- we as an organization, not just Larry -- were currently exposed to. I needed to speed up our process because I felt we were a little bit behind. ... We needed a coach that was trained in that area."

The Yankees, considered one of the leaders in the use of analytics and technology, hired Blake as their pitching coach after firing Rothschild following his ninth season in the post. The 33-year-old Blake, previously the Cleveland Indians' pitching coordinator, was hired largely for his background in video analysis and advanced uses of the other technology that is permeating the game.

The Padres last week hired Rothschild to replace Darren Balsley, who had been their pitching coach since early in the 2003 season. Balsley, who has a year remaining on his contract, was reassigned as a special assistant working with minor league pitchers.

 

In the 65-year-old Rothschild, the Padres get a man who has coached in the majors since 1986, including with just two other organizations since 2001. He spent nine seasons with the Cubs before joining the Yankees in 2011.

"I think I've been fortunate," Rothschild said Wednesday. "Coming here, just in talking to people, there are young arms. And it's legitimate; it's not just advertising. There's a lot of upside. It's a lot of fun for me."

Rothschild was a bullpen coach with the Reds in 1990 when they won the World Series (and when Trevor Hoffman was in their minor league system in '91 and '92). He was the Marlins pitching coach when they won the '97 Series. He managed the Rays from '98-2001.

During his time in New York, the Yankees' 3.92 ERA was fourth-lowest in the American League, and their ERA-minus (a metric that adjusts for ballpark) of 93 ranked third. Working through multiple injuries, the staff's 4.31 ERA in '19 ranked sixth in the league, as the Yankees won 103 games and reached the AL Championship Series.

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