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The Phillies statement on letting pitching coach Rich Dubee go

Sep 30, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Pitching coach Rich Dubee talks to  Halladay as Chooch arrives at the mound.  Halladay left the game. He was relieved by Luis Garcia. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) Pitching coach Rich Dubee talks to Halladay as Chooch arrives at the mound. Halladay left the game. He was relieved by Luis Garcia. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Charlie Manuel was not the only coach in the Phillies dugout to get the axe this season. After finishing out the string on Sunday afternoon, the team announced this morning that longtime pitching coach Rich Dubee will not return to the club next season.

The team’s full  statement:

The Phillies have opted not to renew the contract of pitching coach Rich Dubee, the club announced today.

“Rich was a big part of a wonderful era here and in his nine years he served our organization very well,” said Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr.  “We believe it is time for change as we move forward.  We thank Rich for his professionalism and contribution to the Phillies.”

Dubee’s nine years as pitching coach was the longest service time at that position for the Phillies in the last 35 years and tied for the most in club history with Cy Perkins (1946-54) and Ray Rippelmeyer (1970-78).

The Phillies will have announcements regarding the remainder of the coaching staff at a later date.

It’s unclear whether this is a Ruben or Ryne decision, but my inclination would point to the GM wanting a change here.

Will fans notice much of a difference with a new pitching coach? It’s tough to say. Dubee has had his share of success stories but also a handful of guys who never turned into what the team really hoped for out of some young guys. Then there’s the Kyle Kendricks of the world who turned from nothing to momentary ace back to almost nothing.

No more yucks from Dubee in the dugout before the games.

  1. BFT - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    No surprise here, though I guess I wouldn’t have been surprised if he stayed either.

    Over the years I think Dubee has been kind of a mixed bag. For example, he did great work getting a guy like Brett Myers to focus and play to his talent level and of course helping Lidge to forget his past struggles and rip off that ridiculous string of saves. But as Enrico said, the slew of younger guys who didn’t pan out at least somewhat has to fall on his doorstep.

    Overall, I think that as with Manuel, a change was needed, but he should leave with our well wishes.

  2. galasso2586 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Hire Jaime Moyer

  3. Simmonds17 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Jamie Moyer is not officially retired yet but I hope the Phillies do hire him when his playing days are over.

    In the meantime, welcome to the Rod Nichols era. He was Sandberg’s pitching coach at Lehigh Valley and is pretty highly thought of around the game from what I know. I thought the writing was pretty clearly on the wall when he was promoted to the big club with Sandberg.

  4. Hiccup - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Batting coach next to go.


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