Mitch Williams will attend festivities honoring 1993 Phillies

Mitch Williams had called for Rich Dubee to be fired.
Mitch Williams had called for Rich Dubee to be fired.
Posted: June 19, 2013

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Despite a recent disagreement with the organization, former Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams says he plans to attend the 20th reunion honoring the 1993 Phillies.

In early May, Williams called for Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee to be fired.

Several Phillies, including manager Charlie Manuel and Roy Halladay, took exception to the comments. But Williams, who is an analyst for MLB Network, said Monday that his relationship with the organization has not soured.

"It's fine," Williams said. "I mean, my job is to analyze, so I don't have a problem in the world with them."

In the May interview on WIP-FM (94.1), Williams also said Dubee failed to correct mechanical issues with Halladay. Halladay later said the comment "really does upset me."

At the celebrity hitting challenge at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Monday, Williams said he preferred not to speak about the situation. He said he talked with Manuel soon after the incident and he has spoken with him often since.

"It's a non-topic, really," Williams said. "There was nothing big about it."

The Phillies will honor the 1993 Phillies, who won the National League pennant, with alumni weekend festivities during the Atlanta Braves series Aug. 2-4 at Citizens Bank Park.

Entering Monday's game, the Phillies were 24th in the major leagues with a 4.25 ERA.

Home run derby. Texas Rangers' prospect Joey Gallo out-slugged Boston Red Sox minor-leaguer David Chester to win the home run derby, part of the South Atlantic League all-star festivities at FirstEnergy Park.

Gallo hit seven home runs in two rounds - without even reaching his allotted outs - to dispatch other all-stars and former players, including former Phillies slugger Matt Stairs.


Contact Zach Helfand at zhelfand@philly.com. Follow on Twitter @zhelfand.

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