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Phillies add Ryne Sandberg as third base coach, will go without bench coach

Oct 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Ryne Sandberg

Philadelphia shook up its coaching staff yesterday, firing bench coach Pete Mackanin, hitting coach Greg Gross, and first base coach Sam Perlozzo within minutes of their final game ending.

Today they announced some of the replacements, including Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as third base coach. As part of that move Juan Samuel moves to first base coach and the Phillies have also added Steve Henderson as their new hitting coach.

Apparently manager Charlie Manuel will go without an official bench coach, which is interesting, although holdover pitching coach Rich Dubee is sort of his right-hand man by default and as a former Triple-A manager presumably Sandberg could take on some of the usual bench coach role.

Philadelphia filled out the rest of the staff with Rod Nichols as bullpen coach, moving former bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer to catching coach.

  1. randygnyc - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Pinching pennies. Because of Howard’s contract.

  2. thomas2727 - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    I have heard many times how Ryno is regarded as a very good manager in AAA but he never gets offered a MLB Manager job.

    Something does not add up.

    • paperlions - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      There are dozens of minor league managers that are good at their jobs (which is player development, not winning games) and that have been doing it for decades longer than Sandberg…and those guys are rarely offered MLB jobs either….it isn’t a question of adding up….so much that there aren’t that many MLB jobs to be had and there are a lot of guys with a lot of experience (far more than Sandberg has).

    • slavetothetrafficlight - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      Isn’t it obvious that he’s being offered the job for 2014?

      (possibly even next April if the Phils start slow out of the gate again)

  3. illcomm - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    pinching pennies. lol. I hope u really dont believe that.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    They’re just lining Sandberg to take over once Charlie steps down after next season.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I’m almost positive Sandberg will serve as a defacto Bench Coach.

  6. willclarkgameface - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    What they need to do but cannot is fire Ryan Howard, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, and that damn mascot.

    Rebuild that team, kill the Phanatic once and for all, and let Ruben Amaro Jr. eat some humble pie.

    Hopefully he’ll have enough for Rizzo in DC once the NLDS is finished.

    • Old Gator - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      What, no “Pennsylvania baseball sucks” to go along with the rest of your idiotic suggestions?

      • willclarkgameface - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        Well, Pennsylvania baseball doesn’t ever suck. For as many losing seasons as the Pirates have had in the last two decades, they STILL have the upper hand on everything Florida.

        Have you seen their ballpark? No comparison.

        And the Phillies, while I feel Ruben Amaro Jr is a dink, are still a successful franchise, having recently beaten your Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 World Series.

        Upper hand Pennsylvania again.

        Florida is a dump and not worthy of having an MLB franchise, let alone two.

        Any other thoughts?

    • rickhigginshtbro - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      ….what exactly is wrong with the top mascot in baseball, and what does he have to do with rebuilding the team?

  7. ryanrockzzz - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    If you ever watched Phillies games you’d see the Lee has suffered from a lack of run support the entire second half (when in fact he’s actually pitched very well). Papelbon has been solid all year. Oh and Howard may not be the best to hit for average, but his presence in the lineup certainly did change the dynamic and was part of the reason the Phillies played better in the second half.

    RAJ has gotten heat this year and rightly so, but honestly he’s been a pretty good GM outside of his mishandling of the bullpen situation this year.

    • andyreidisarrogantandfat - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Lee also suffered from giving up moon shot home runs. papelbon was fair at best for 50 million. Howard is helping Philly go green with all of the wind he generates from striking out so much. too many unproductive outs. And saying amaro was pretty good outside of the bullpen is like Mrs. Lincoln saying outside of my husband’s assasination the play was pretty good. It cost your team 10-12 wins this year atleast.

      This thing with sandberg has lameduck written all over charlie and this will become a major problem. Just ax him if you want sandberg to manage. don’t slowly let this guy bleed to death. If larussa or leyland or any other competent manager coached this team for the last 5 years instead of charlie phils would have won 3-4 rings. 2008 things just fell right, but charlie had little to do with it they were just that good that year.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        Wow, quite a novella you wrote. Why so worried about the Phillies if they are through?

      • xmatt0926x - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        Deleware, he’s not worries about the Phillies at all. Check out his screen name. He has no obsession with Philly sports at all…..

      • andyreidisarrogantandfat - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        I just cannot believe deleware used the word novella properly. good for you man. Never said they were through. But they need some work. and xmatt don’t mind philly sports in the least, but huge reid hater. dishonorable the way he let his family collapse for football. but that’s another topic for another day.

  8. chadjones27 - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Not going to have a bench coach? Does it matter? Does anyone know what a bench coach’s responsibilities are?

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Actually I’ve read that Bench Coaches often do the leg work for the Manager in compiling the stats and reports on the next team they are set to face, including the possible match-ups, the situation in the opposing bench and bullpen, and also has to be ready to offer advice in any game situation to the Manager (who is free to take or ignore the advice).

  9. phillyphan93 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Seems like the Phillies are getting a ton of attention for a team that missed the playoffs, looks like the rest of the league is still on high alert for next year. The NL east title WILL be on its way back to Philly!

  10. schmedley69 - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Chase Utley is already the bench coach. I’ve seen players go up to him before at bats and ask for advice on facing a certain pitcher, etc. He will manage someday.

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