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Yankees Fire Larry Rothschild

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The New York Yankees are making a change to their staff following their disappointing loss in the ALCS to the Houston Astros.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the Yankees have fired longtime pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

Rothschild, 65, had been the Yankees pitching coach since 2011 and had been a part of former manager Joe Girardi’s staff, and was retained when Aaron Boone took over as manager following the firing of Girardi.

Speaking of Girardi, who is now the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, Rothschild is now rumored to be heading over to join Girardi on his staff.

While Rothschild loved being the Yankees pitching coach, the team is the Yankees are moving more and more toward a more analytic/technological mode in developing their pitchers and preparing them for games, and while Rothschild has not been resistant to the modern approach, he was considered more old school than new school.

“I want to personally thank Larry for his near decade of commitment to this organization,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement. “Larry cares deeply about his craft and the pitchers under his tutelage, and he played a significant role in our successes over the past nine seasons. There’s a reason why Larry has had the type of distinguished baseball career he’s had, and it starts with experience and dedication that is difficult to emulate.”

Despite a number of injuries this season, the Yankees reached the ALCS, but a 4.31 ERA during the regular season, and a few seasons of struggled with the starting rotation, was not up to par.

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Royals Name Mike Matheny Manager

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The Kansas City Royals have officially named Mike Matheny as their new manager, via a team announcement.

“Our entire organization is delighted to announce and celebrate the hiring of Mike Matheny,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement. “Every department has had the pleasure to work and interact with him this past season. Through this interaction, it became very clear to our leadership team that Mike is the obvious person to lead our baseball team. Mike Matheny is a passionate leader with strong virtues, intelligence, and a relentless commitment to help players reach their full potential.”

Matheny, 49, played 13 seasons in the majors and then had a solid run as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from 2012 up until the midway point of the 2018 season.

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Orioles Outright Mason Williams

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The Baltimore Orioles have outrighted outfielder Mason Williams, according to the International League transactions page.

Williams slashed .308/.371/.477 over 494 plate appearances in Triple-A during the 2019 season, and he was added to the Orioles’ big league rosters late in the season.

Williams failed to make an impact over his 11-game stint in the big leagues.

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Blue Jays Outright Brock Stewart, Buddy Boshers

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Buddy Boshers

The Toronto Blue Jays made a pair of moves this week by outrighting relievers Brock Stewart and Buddy Rogers.

The Blue Jays will also outright reliever Ryan Dull as he has been designated for assignment.

Stewart, 28, had spent his entire career playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to being picked up by Toronto on the waiver wire at the trade deadline.

Boshers, 31, posted a 4.05 ERA over 20 innings and 28 appearances.

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