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Pitching coach candidates keep rejecting the Phillies

Nov 12, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

Rich Dubee AP AP

After choosing not to renew longtime Charlie Manuel right-hand man Rich Dubee’s contract the Phillies turned their attention to finding a new pitching coach and … well, it’s been a struggle.

Jim Salisbury of reports that the Phillies have talked to eight known candidates for the job and at least three of them (Pete Vuckovich, Roger McDowell, Jim Benedict) told them no thanks.

Or as general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. put it:

We’ve made a couple of offers and they’ve decided to go different places. We’ve made some progress, but we haven’t made any decisions. We’re still in the process. We’ve identified a few guys, but we’re still working through it. We still have candidates. And we’re still looking through some other possibilities.

Hey, assuming that Amaro knows how to use Twitter there’s always Leo Mazzone!

  1. thesmedman - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Just tell me I can’t.


    J. Moyer

  2. kicksave1980 - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Pete Vukovich will always be Clu Haywood to me.

  3. drs76109 - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Dubeewah, Duibeewah, Dubeewah….

    Rod Nichols was Sandberg’s picthing coach before. So clearly they’re not wanting him or else he’d been offered the job and likely would’ve taken it.

    They should ask Jamie Moyer and just for good measure keep him on the active roster too.

    Not seeing who else would be of particular use. It’s an aging roster and that’s probably one of the main issues.Mel Stottlemyer comes to mind. Mazzone probably wouldn’t be a bad choice. But the emphasis seems to be on younger and near to playing days and that’s why Moyer might be good.

    Failing that, put your tail between your legs and ask Dubee back and offer him less money than before and with a clear demarcation to only to pitching. They could do worse.

  4. Youknowimright - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    People weren’t swimming out to get on the Titanic as it was seeking either.

    • aphillieated - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      How does it feel to be a smart-a**?

      • Youknowimright - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        It feels good. And it should say sinking. Not seeking. The titanic did not have a drug problem as far as I know.

  5. gloccamorra - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    There must be more to the story. They may want the pitching coach to clean the bullpen toilets or something as part of the job.

    • bankboy2012 - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      To be fair the Phillies’ bullpen IS backed up with crap, unfortunately most of it’s the pitchers in it.

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