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Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell could leave to join the Phillies

Oct 31, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

Roger McDowell AP AP

The Phillies have already hired Larry Bowa to be Ryne Sandberg’s bench coach, but another familiar face could soon return to the fold.

According to Mark Bowman of, the Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell will likely talk to the Phillies about replacing Rich Dubee. He’ll be free to do so after his contract expires at midnight tonight. The Braves have invited him back for 2014, but a final decision won’t be made until he has a chance to talk to the division rival.

McDowell, who pitched with the Phillies from 1989-1991, was hired by the Braves in October of 2005 after Leo Mazzone joined the Orioles. While the club has the best ERA in the game dating back to 2009, Bowman hears that McDowell is “one of the game’s lowest-paid pitching coaches.” He should be in line for a raise no matter what he does next.

  1. sportsfan18 - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Come on Braves! Do the right thing. Pitching has been this teams trademark for yrs and yrs…

    The best since 2009 and NO real CY Young candidates either.

    You’re talking chump change for someone who has proven they can do the job so pay up. You’re not paying for what you think he might do, or hope he might do.

    Still, without more hitters, it will be the same old same old for the Braves, make the playoffs and lose in the playoffs.

  2. earpaniac - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Steve Trout is devastated.

  3. wpjohnson - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    That would be a positive development for the Braves.

  4. hockeyfan28 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    One thing that has not been mentioned the amount of braves pitchers under his tutoring that have had season ending surgeries since 2005….it’s quite the list considering the phillies don’t exactly have the minor league pipeline to keep replacing pitchers like the Braves good luck with that

  5. deathmonkey41 - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    His career has been tarnished ever since he was exposed for being the second spitter on the gravelly road.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Isn’t he the one who was making lewd gestures with a bat while taunting a family with homophobic slurs? He and Philly should get along just fine.

  7. joebuckiscreepy - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    “JUNE 14th, 1987. METS/PHILLIES…

    …IT WAS McDOWELL!!!!”

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