Yankees Announce Matt Blake As New Pitching Coach

Alex Greenberg
November 14, 2019 - 10:59 am

The Yankees officially have a new pitching coach ahead of the 2020 season.

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Larry Rothschild had been in the job since 2011, but Aaron Boone and company decided it was time for a change this offseason. The team announced Thursday that it has hired Matt Blake for the role that was previously filled by Rothschild.

Blake is a bit of a surprise hire for the job. He’s not a big name, but he has picked up experience at a few different levels of the sport. He's an eager, young coach with a lot of potential. 

The 33-year-old spent the last couple years with the Cleveland Indians as the franchise’s assistant director of player development. He was promoted to pitching director, but just a few days later the news broke about his reported hiring by the Yankees.

Being a pitching coach for a Major League Baseball team is a big step up for Blake. Just four years ago he was the pitching coach at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, a baseball powerhouse in the suburbs of Boston. He made a name for himself in New England by working with Eric Cressey of Cressey Sports Performance, a popular facility that has been utilized by numerous MLB players.

Now, he’ll be working with the likes of Masahiro Tanaka and Aroldis Chapman, and he'll be working closely alongside Boone and Brian Cashman.

YES Network's David Cone also interviewed for the position, but the Yankees ultimately decided to go with the up-and-comer Blake. 

Hiring Blake is further evidence that the Yankees want to move more into the modern pitching management system that is based mostly on analytics. In comparison, Rothschild was seen as more of an “old school” pitching coach.

Blake should play a part in deciding which pitchers the Yankees pursue this offseason. Gerrit Cole is the hot commodity of the free agent market, and it seems like the Yankees will at least give him a long look.