While the Chicago Cubs are most likely going to see a re-vamped coaching staff next year as they figure to have a new manager, new bench coach, and possibly new base coaches, Larry Rothschild will return as pitching coach of the Chicago Cubs. Sources told ESPN Chicago that Rothschild informed the team today that he would be picking up his option for the 2011 season. However, if the Cubs decided to hire Eric Wedge, there is a chance that Wedge may bring in one of his own guy’s to be the pitching coach.
While there has been some criticism on Rothschild over the years, he is probably one of the best pitching coaches in the game of baseball right now. You have to figure that the Cubs ranked in the top 5 in ERA from 2007 to 2009, and this year the Cubs rotation led the major league with 96 quality starts.
The Chicago Cubs should certainly be glad that Rothschild is coming back next year. Because, considering other coached available, Rothschild is much superior to all of them. You can also attribute Rothschild for the success that Carlos Silva had this year, and the improved production from Ted Lilly when he was with the Cubs from 2007 to 2010.
Rothschild, has been with the Chicago Cubs since the 2002 season.