San Diego Padres fired their pitching coach Larry Rothschild on Monday, the club announced, adding that Ben Fritz would serve as the interim pitching coach for the remainder of the 2021 season.
Rothschild has been with the club for the past two seasons. Out of the last11 games, the club has lost nine and fallen to third place in the NL West, 13 games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants. The Padres fell one game behind the Cincinnati Reds for the second and final NL Wild Card after losing on Sunday.
Jayce Tingler, the manager of the club, said the move to fire Rothschild was “100%” his decision.
“Instead of waiting and seeing what's going to happen and staying stagnant, I thought the best thing to do for this team moving forward is to bring in a different voice, different message, different perspective right now," Tingler said, AP reported.
Speaking about Ben Fritz, the team's bullpen coach, Tingler said, "He's done a great job with our bullpen. He's one of the reasons our bullpen has performed very well this year. With his experience, knowing the system, knowing the guys, being able to provide his perspective, ultimately I think is going to give us our best chance to pitch to our capabilities down the stretch."
After a good start to the season, the team's pitching staff has regressed, especially in recent weeks. Three of the Padres' main starting pitchers — Yu Darvish, Chris Paddack and Dinelson Lamet — are currently on the injured list.
“We've certainly had some injuries, there's no doubt about that. But we've had some inconsistency on the mound. I just think at the end of the day, we haven't reached our level of production consistently on the mound. With 36 games to go, we're trying to give a different message," Tingler said.