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Roger McDowell will remain pitching coach with Braves

Nov 2, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Roger McDowell confirmed to Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he will indeed remain with the Braves. Meanwhile, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that McDowell will get a two-year deal as opposed to the one-year deal that was originally offered.

4:31 p.m. ET: It was reported on Thursday that Roger McDowell could leave the Braves to take the pitching coach job with the Phillies, but Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com hears that he is staying put.

McDowell has enjoyed a great deal of success since taking over for Leo Mazzone in Atlanta and is highly-regarded for his preparation and attention to detail, so losing him to a division rival would have been a tough blow. He was free to talk to teams after his contract expired earlier this week, but it’s unclear whether he actually had an interview with the Phillies.

The Phillies let go of pitching coach Rich Dubee last month after nine seasons on the job. The search for his replacement continues.

  1. mikejr80 - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Screw McDowell if he goes.

  2. knowlegeforyou - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Hopefully the Braves will reward him with his first managerial gig when the job is up for grabs again.

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