So this was brought up in the Rich Hill thread and I thought it was worth spreading around on here. There are a lot of good arguments on both sides as far as whether or not Rothschild does an adequate job. I'm wondering what the Cubs fanbase thinks of him? Personally, I'm not a huge fan. There are many scouts who said they knew that if Mark Prior continued with his delivery, he would get injured and mess up his arm. Why didn't Rothschild find this out and change it? Seems absurd. Could you imagine what our rotation would be like if Prior were the dominant pitcher we expected him to be?
Here are some other arguments:
-We had one of the best (if not the best) rotations in the league last year
-We are constatnly in the top 10 for strikeouts every year
-We are constatly in the top 10 for walks every year
-Injuries to Mark Prior, Carlos Zambrano, Matt Clement, Kerry Wood, Angel Guzman
-Revitalization of Ryan Dempster (verdict may still be out here)
-Development of Zambrano, Prior, Clement and now who? Kevin Hart, Pignatello (sp?), Guzman, etc. There aren't any great prospects on the horizon. I'm still not convinced about Samardjiza being a future ace. A future rotation member, definitely.
I tried leaving problems that Dusty caused (leaving in pitchers too long, etc) or random freak accidents out of it.
Let the debate begin!