The first casualty after the Phillies' worst season in 13 years was longtime pitching coach Rich Dubee, who was fired Monday.
Dubee, one of the longest-tenured pitching coaches in baseball at nine years, oversaw a staff that finished 2013 with a National League ERA (4.34) lower only than that of altitude-sickened Colorado. He will be remembered as former manager Charlie Manuel's righthand man during the franchise's finest era. Dubee made almost every pitching decision while working for Manuel.
"Rich was a big part of a wonderful era here, and in his nine years he served our organization very well," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. "We believe it is time for change as we move forward. We thank Rich for his professionalism and contribution to the Phillies."