BREAKING: Yankees hire Matt Blake as new pitching coach

Alexander Wilson
New York Yankees, Larry Rothschild
Jun 23, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and pitching coach Larry Rothschild (58) have a mound conference with pitcher J.A. Happ (34) in the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees didn’t waste any time finding their new pitching coach, as they have hired Matt Blake to fill the role Larry Rothschild left behind. Blake was previously the pitching coach of the Cleveland Indians and is known for developing big-league pitchers.

Blake’s ability to refine pitchers and his familiarity with the Yankees system, having worked as an area scout for them in the past, makes him a fantastic candidate for the Bombers moving forward. He takes a more analytical approach to the game, while Rothschild depends on his gut and old-school mentality.

This is a step forward for a Yankees team that did have a great bullpen last year but saw their starters struggle at times. Blake should increase the efficiency of both units if he can manage to make the most of the pitching currently on the roster.

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