Phillies part ways with pitching coach Rich Dubee

ASSOCIATED PRESS Rich Dubee: Nine seasons as Phillies pitching coach.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Rich Dubee: Nine seasons as Phillies pitching coach.
Posted: October 02, 2013

THE PHILLIES have parted ways with pitching coach Rich Dubee, a move that does not come as a surprise given the change at manager. Like most managers, Ryne Sandberg will want to pick his own top lieutenants, although the decision not to renew Dubee's contract is the only change the Phillies have announced at this point.

Dubee just completed his ninth season as the Phillies' pitching coach. It was his 12th year in the organization. The Phillies were disappointed with the performance of their pitching staff this season, particularly with regard to some of the younger arms they were counting on to step up in relief roles.

In August, the Phillies informed longtime minor league pitching coordinator Gorman Heimueller that they would not renew his contract for 2014. The young arms did make some strides in the second half of the season, with lefty Jake Diekman and righty Ethan Martin showing promise in relief.

The new pitching coach will inherit plenty of uncertainty on his staff. Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels are the only definites for the rotation next year,

although the Phillies are hopeful that Cuban signee Miguel

Alfredo Gonzalez will win a spot in the rotation.

Righthander Kyle Kendrick faces an uncertain future heading into his final year of arbitration, after some epic struggles over the last 3 months of the season. Closer Jonathan Papelbon's save percentage and ERA were at his career averages, but his velocity and strikeout rate have dropped, raising some concerns for a player who still has 2 years and a vesting option remaining on the deal he signed before the 2012 season.

The Phillies announced that Paul Fournier will be their major league strength and conditioning coordinator. Fournier replaces Dong Lien, who had been on the major league staff for 6 years. Lien has been offered another position within the organization.


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