01/11/11 3:30 PM EST
Rothschild Yankees' only coaching change
Long, Pena, others return to previously held roles on staff
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Mike Harkey, Mick Kelleher, Kevin Long, Tony Pena and Rob Thomson will serve familiar roles with the club when the Yankees' pitchers and catchers report to George M. Steinbrenner Field on Feb. 14.
The only change in New York's staff is the addition of pitching coach Larry Rothschild, a move that was announced in November. Rothschild replaces Dave Eiland, who was let go after the season and has accepted an advisory role with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The 56-year-old Rothschild signed a three-year agreement with the Yankees, having been granted permission to pursue the opening by the Cubs after citing a desire to work closer to his Tampa, Fla., home.
"It's unique because it's the Yankees, and everyone knows what that means," Rothschild said then. "It doesn't come along every day. It makes you think long and hard about it. It's a situation that's hard to pass by."
The longest-tenured member of the Major League staff is Pena, 53, who is returning for his sixth season with the Yankees and his third as the bench coach. The five-time All-Star will also help to instruct the team's catchers.
Long, 44, agreed to a new three-year contract in November to return for a fifth season as the Yankees' hitting coach. This marks the eighth year in the organization for Long, who helped the Yankees lead the Majors with 859 runs and a .350 on-base percentage in 2010.
Kelleher, 63, is back for a third season as the Yankees' first-base coach and infield instructor, tabbed for his sixth year as a coach or instructor in the organization after playing 15 seasons of professional baseball and serving previous Major League coaching tenures with the Pirates and Tigers.
Thomson, 47, is entering his third season as New York's third-base coach and his 22nd year in the organization. Thomson is responsible for most of the Spring Training scheduling duties and will also instruct the team's outfielders, who collected 32 assists in 2010, sixth most in the American League.
Harkey, 44, begins his fourth season as the Yankees' bullpen coach, having served briefly as the interim pitching coach last season, when Eiland took a three-week personal leave of absence in June.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.