11/19 Rothschild to Yankees – UPDATED
Larry Rothschild couldn’t pass up a chance to be close to his Tampa, Fla., home and work for the Yankees. He signed a three-year contract on Friday to be the team’s pitching coach, leaving the Cubs after nine years. He had exercised his option for 2011 with the Cubs, but had a clause that allowed him to leave if he so desired. The change is not a reflection on Cubs manager Mike Quade, Rothschild said.
“The opportunity presented itself here [with the Yankees],” Rothschild said Friday. “I
didn’t feel it was time to leave the Cubs. It’s hard because I’m very
close with Mike Quade and have a lot of respect for him as a baseball
person and think he’ll do a great job.
“It was time, family-wise, that the decision became relatively easy,” he
said. “The opportunity with the Yankees doesn’t come along every day.”
Cubs GM Jim Hendry was expected to name a replacement shortly after Thanksgiving. Among the internal candidates are Minor League pitching coordinator Mark Riggins and Triple-A manager Mike Mason. One person who is not in the mix is four-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux, who is an assistant to Hendry. Maddux has told the Cubs he prefers the more flexible schedule he has in which he works at Spring Training and with the Minor Leaguers and does some scouting.
Rothschild lives less than two miles from the Yankees’ facility in Tampa, and said he’ll be able to get started with the pitchers right away. He knows Yankees manager Joe Girardi well. Girardi was a catcher on the Cubs in Rothschild’s first year with the team in 2002.
– Carrie Muskat