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Phillies interview Carl Willis for pitching coach job

Nov 16, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

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After being rejected by Pete Vuckovich, Roger McDowell, and Jim Benedict for their pitching coach vacancy, the Phillies have moved on to their next target. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the club interviewed Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis for the job yesterday.

Willis has been the Mariners’ pitching coach since taking over for Rick Adair in August of 2010. He interviewed for the Orioles’ pitching coach job before the team settled on Dave Wallace last month. New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has yet to announce who will be on his staff, so Willis isn’t assured of having a job next season.

The Phillies cut ties with longtime pitching coach Rich Dubee in October after the team’s pitchers finished 27th in the majors with a 4.32 ERA this past season.

  1. scotttheskeptic - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Why don’t they reach out to Jamie Moyer? Or Larry Andersen?

    • aphillieated - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Maybe the Phils did and they don’t want to.

  2. aphillieated - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Point Phillippe Aumont with a gun and tell him to throw strikes or else. He could become the best RP in baseball.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Please pass whatever it is you’re smoking if you think a guy with those terrible K/BB numbers can be the best reliever in baseball. Even if he cut his BB/9 numbers in half, he’d almost have to double his K/9 numbers to match Kimbrel.

      • aphillieated - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        His stuff is nasty though. LOL Kimbrel is probably the best RP ever. I hope he never gets hurt.

  3. ossineke - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    To some of the men on the staff, Carl Willis can wear his World Series ring (Twins, 1991) and motivate them. If they want to take a closer look, work with them. Men who want to win a Wold Series are the ones you want on your staff.

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