Saturday, November 20, 2010
NEW YORK — In his nearly four decades in baseball, Larry Rothschild had never dealt with what awaited him on Tuesday, when he sat in front of a monitor at Yankee Stadium.
General manager Brian Cashman transformed a video room near the Yankees’ dugout into a simulator, designed to determine whether he had found his next pitching coach.
Rothschild’s mission, if he chose to accept it, was to break down six hours of film featuring Yankees pitchers CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett. He would return the next day to tell Cashman how he would prepare each for a start.
It amounted to a 48-hour standardized exam, one the 56-year-old Rothschild apparently aced.
Time will tell if Rothschild will be a good pitching coach for the Yankees, but I love the process Brian Cashman used in deciding on him.
For what it’s worth, here are a couple of articles from Another Cubs Blog about the effect Rothschild may have had on Cubs pitchers.
The executive summary is Cubs pitchers had fewer walks and more strikeouts after being coached by Rothschild, with no change in home run rate.
Sounds like FIP heaven to me.
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