Yankees name Rothschild pitching coach

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, Last Updated: 5:04 PM ET

BRONX, N.Y. -- The New York Yankees have signed Larry Rothschild to a three-year contract to be the club's pitching coach.

Rothschild, who was the first manager in Tampa Bay history from 1997-2001, has been the Chicago Cubs pitching coach for each of the last nine seasons. Over that time period, the Cubs led the majors in strikeouts in each of his first seven seasons, including a major league-record 1,404 in 2003.

"Larry brings a wealth of invaluable experience to our team and to our pitching staff," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "He's a championship pitching coach, and I'm excited to add Larry's abilities to our staff."

The 56-year-old will begin his 37th year in professional baseball in 2011 and has been a part of two World Series champions in Cincinnati in 1990 and Florida in 1997.

Rothschild cited the Yankees' spring training facility in his hometown of Tampa as a primary reason for the move from Chicago.

"The chance to spend increased time with my family was something I wanted to explore, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have done so," Rothschild said. "My nine years with the Cubs were tremendous, and I'm proud of the pitching staff I leave behind."


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