Report: David Cone Interviews To Be Yankees Pitching Coach

Alex Greenberg
November 05, 2019 - 3:32 pm

The Yankees need a new pitching coach after they recently decided to move on from Larry Rothschild.

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Rothschild had been the team’s pitching coach since 2011, but he was dismissed after the Yankees were eliminated by the Houston Astros in six games in the ALCS. The move is apparently part of an effort to get away from a more “old school” pitching philosophy.

As the Yankees search for a replacement for Rothschild, one familiar face has reportedly already interviewed for the job. According to Jack Curry of YES Network, David Cone had an interview for the opening last week.

Cone is best known for the six years he spent playing in the Bronx. He won four World Series titles with the Yankees and won one with Toronto. Cone famously threw a perfect game at Yankee Stadium in a game on July 18, 1999 against the Montreal Expos.

The Missouri native also spent time pitching in the big leagues for the Royals, Mets, and Red Sox. Since his retirement in 2003, he has been an analyst on YES. He has been generally well received in his current role as color commentator for the station’s broadcasts of Yankee games.

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Cone would represent a younger, more modern approach to pitching. It's unclear just how many other candidates are in the running for the position. 

Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman likely won’t take too long to make a decision on their pitching coach, as they will want that role filled before they enter the critical points of the offseason when players will start to change teams. There could be some significant changes made to New York's pitching staff.