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Phillies hire Rick Kranitz and John McLaren as new coaches

Philadelphia PA: As the rebuilding of the entire Philadelphia Phillies team and front office continues with a search for a new general manager which is lead by new team president Andy MacPhail. The Phillies announced on Wednesday that they have hired two new coaches to the Phillies coaching staff under manager Pete Mackanin and they are Rick Kranitz and John McLaren . Kranitz will serve as the bullpen coach while McLaren has been named the catching coach

Rick Kranitz has spent the last five years (2011-15) as pitching coach for Milwaukee Brewers, and he also spent time with the Baltimore Orioles (2008-10) and Florida Marlins (2006-07).

John McLaren was a professional scout for Oakland A’s from (2012-15). He has 23 years of major league coaching experience from his time with the Toronto Blue Jays (1986-90), Boston Red Sox (1991), Cincinnati Reds (1992), Seattle Mariners (1993-2002; 2007), Tampa Bay Rays (2003-05) and Washington Nationals (2010-11). McLaren was also managed 159 major league games for the Mariners (2007-08) and Nationals (2011), going 70-89.

Phillies also announced that hitting coach Steve Henderson and pitching coach Bob McClure have agreed to contracts for the 2016 season and are also have asked bench coach Larry Bowa and first base coach Juan Samuel to come back, still waiting on their decision