Phillies' pitching coach dominoes

Posted: October 24, 2013

YESTERDAY brought with it a reminder that the Phillies' deliberate search for a pitching coach might not be entirely their choice.

The Reds' decision to hire Bryan Price as their manager removed one potential candidate from the market, and there could be more dominoes that need to fall before the Phillies are able to zero in on a candidate. Price, a former consultant with the Phillies who worked under Pat Gillick in Seattle, now will be in the market for his own pitching coach, putting the Reds in the same company as the Orioles and Diamondbacks. Factor in the Tigers, Nationals and Cubs, all of whom are looking for new managers, and the Dodgers, who have been on uncertain terms with manager Don Mattingly, and there could be several teams in the market for pitching coaches who can rival the Phillies' finances and personnel situation.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Phillies have received permission to interview the Pirates' Jeff Benedict, who is a special adviser to general manager Neil Huntington while working with the organization's pitchers on their deliveries. The Phillies are expected to interview bullpen coach Rod Nichols, while Marlins bullpen coach Reid Cornelius also has been mentioned as a prospective interviewee.

Along with former Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, the Orioles are interviewing Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis, Rangers bullpen coach Andy Hawkins and Braves minor league coordiantor Dave Wallace, the Baltimore Sun reported. The Mariners' decision to let Willis interview for the Orioles' job is a pretty good indication that they are in the market for a new pitching coach along with a new manager. The Astros have already named Brent Strom pitching coach.

- David Murphy


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