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Dubee Out as Pitching Coach

The Phillies’ first order of business this off-season was making adjustments to manager Ryne Sandberg’s coaching staff.

As speculated prior, long time pitching coach Rich Dubee will not return for the 2014 season. Dubee’s departure leaves catching instructor Mick Billmeyer as the only remaining coach from the 2008 World Series winning staff.

Dubee’s tough love approach was a great compliment to former manager Charlie Manuel’s laid back coaching style. Dubee oversaw the pitching staff for the Phillies’ run of five consecutive division titles, as well as both World Series appearances.

His outspoken mentality was embraced by young pitchers like Kyle Kendrick, but also the likes of veterans Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.

Though no names have surfaced yet, bullpen coach Rod Nichols figures to be a logical choice to replace Dubee on Sandberg’s staff.

He was the organization’s minor league pitching coordinator for a number of years, so he’s very familiar with all the young arms in the Phillies’ bullpen and rotation.

He also coached with Sandberg for the duration of his stint as manger of Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The team now has two holes to fill on the coaching staff, and you can expect to hear Larry Bowa’s name frequently as the positions are filled.

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