Brian Cashman: Larry Rothschild is expected to fly to Maryland in the next couple of weeks to meet with A.J. Burnett and talk some mechanics. Right after Rothschild was hired, Burnett called the pitching coach to chat.
We first heard about this about a month ago so this is nothing new. It is good though because it is obvious that Rothschild’s primary focus is on resurrecting Burnett’s career.
I like this a lot for two reasons. The first is because Burnett obviously needs a turn around. He was signed with big expectations and he somewhat fulfilled them in 2009 but came very short of them in 2010. It’s not too late for him as a lot of players have down years. So it is possible that this could help him have a big year in 2011.
The second reason is because Rothschild has never worked with Burnett before. This will give him a lot of time before the season or even spring training starts to get to know him. That way they aren’t learning as they go during the season. This is probably the reason they didn’t just fire former pitching coach Dave Eiland midseason. Having a pitching coach learning a pitcher with Burnett’s problems during the season isn’t fair.
I don’t expect miracles, but it is reasonable to expect that Burnett at least be a decent no. 3 starter for the Yankees. This can only help, not hurt that.
What do you think? Will Burnett be able to turn his career around? Or is this much to do about nothing?