New York Yankees

Yankees New Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild to Work with A.J. Burnett Extensively

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:  A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Rangers won 10-3.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IDecember 8, 2010

Via Chad Jennings of the Journal News:

Girardi said this afternoon that [A.J. Burnett] has already reached out to [Larry Rothschild], and the two will get to work this offseason. The problem is easy to diagnose but not necessarily easy to fix.

“Refining his mechanics,” is the way Girardi described it.

There are a lot of Yankee fans that wish Burnett would just go away, but with three-years and $49 million left on his contract that’s just not going to happen. He’s here to stay.

With that, there is obviously something wrong with him and they need to work to fix it. At least part of the reason why the Yankees fired their former pitching coach Dave Eiland had to do with Burnett tanking when Eiland skipped town for a month, so it is clear that a huge part of Rothschild’s job is to help right Burnett.

Don’t expect miracles, but Burnett has put together some big seasons including 2008-09. So, it is certainly possible that we’ve seen the worst of him and that he’ll rebound a bit in 2011. Hopefully, working extensively with Rothschild will do the trick.

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