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August 24, 2011 | BY DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
YOU CAN BET Rich Dubee is glad yesterday's earthquake did not alter his plans for the Phillies' rotation. The pitching coach had already written down a slew of different combinations as he attempts to piece things back together after a bizarre week that included a rainout, an off day and three rain delays that knocked his starters out earlier than expected. "I had a chance to laugh with those guys last night in the dugout," Dubee said. "But I've had about 15 different rotations set up. One guy with long rest and one guy with close to normal rest, and a guy comes and says, 'Man, I'm feeling too good for that kind of rest.' Then change it around, and the next guys comes and says, 'I can't get that much rest.' " In the end, the Phillies decided their best move was to move Cole Hamels' re-entry into the rotation from Friday to Monday, allowing them to pitch each of their other top starters with an extra day of rest, while also placing Hamels on the disabled list.
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February 19, 2010 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Whatever schedule the Phillies had in mind for Jamie Moyer's rehabilitation from three surgeries and a blood infection this off-season needs to be revised. Moyer threw off a mound yesterday for the first time since last season and threw the same number of pitches as the rest of the pitchers. But neither Dubee nor manager Charlie Manuel would say whether the competition for the fifth starter's spot between Moyer and Kyle Kendrick is open - or if it's Moyer's to lose. "I don't think we've even discussed it yet amongst the staff," Dubee said.
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June 23, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rich Dubee advocates honesty with his pitchers. The Phillies pitching coach has learned to not expect it in every situation. The better he knows a man, the better he can detect a lie. He is not familiar with Mike Adams, the 34-year-old reliever hailed as a panacea for the Phillies' eighth-inning woes. There were times this season when Adams' body betrayed him and he informed Dubee of those moments. Other times, Dubee guessed, Adams pitched through pain. As Adams was again placed Saturday on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis, Dubee did not regret how his pitcher was handled.
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March 29, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer murphyd@phillynews.com
C LEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay looked like a pitcher who made the most of his work-in-progress stuff. He also looked like a pitcher who has plenty of work to do before he arrives at the level he demands of himself. After allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon, Halladay and his pitching coach chose to focus on the positives. "Physically, [it's] night and day, last year to this year, which was the goal this winter," said the soon-to-be 36-year-old-righthander, who battled back and lat problems throughout a disappointing 2012 season.
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June 12, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - It's a slight alteration to the Phillies' pitching rotation: Roy Halladay and Kyle Kendrick will flip-flop spots, meaning Halladay starts Tuesday's series opener in New York against the Yankees and Kendrick pitches Wednesday. But there are deeper reasons for the decision than just lining up Halladay to go against Yankees ace CC Sabathia in the Phillies' first game at Yankee Stadium since losing last year's Game 6 in the World Series. By moving Halladay up one day (he still goes on regular rest because of Monday's off-day)
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February 21, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After eight days of drills that spawned an insatiable craving for actual baseball, creativity was required Wednesday. Phillies catching coach Mick Billmeyer dramatized a routine pop-up practice by forcing his catchers to spin in circles or do a forward roll before looking to the sky for the ball. Are the games here yet? Exhibition season starts Friday with an intrasquad game. Saturday marks the start of the Grapefruit League schedule, when the Houston Astros visit Bright House Field.
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June 26, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Rich Dubee called a meeting Monday for his relievers, just as he does at the start of every series. His makeshift Phillies bullpen assembled in a small weight room attached to the visitors clubhouse at Petco Park, and there was more than just talk about the San Diego hitters. "It's an opportunity for all of these kids," Dubee said. "A golden opportunity. " That is because the bullpen is in shambles. Three relievers were placed on the disabled list in eight days, none more concerning than $12 million setup man Mike Adams.
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July 19, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Before Rich Dubee's feet touched the first-base line at Wrigley Field, his star pitcher was bent over, hands on his knees, with the gray No. 34 Phillies road jersey drenched in sweat. The mound is Roy Halladay's sanctuary, the place where he imposes a will upon hitters unlike any other pitcher in the game. Batters rarely know what is flying from Halladay's right hand. But on this night, when the pitching coach jogged to the mound and Halladay's teammates briskly created a circle around their ace, his own team did not know what to expect - an uncomfortable and unfamiliar feeling when it's his day to throw.
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August 15, 2011 | The Inquirer Staff
ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs were able to win the continuation of Saturday's game with the Toledo Mud Hens, 2-1, but Sunday's originally scheduled game was suspended after two innings with the score tied, 1-1. Wilmington, Clearwater, Lakewood, and Camden all had games suspended or postponed due to the weather.   COMPLETION OF SUSPENDED GAME Toledo 000 000 001 – 1 6 1 Lehigh Valley 000 000 101 – 2 9 0 WP: Schwimer (9-1)
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February 22, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - One of them was celebrated upon departure. The other one just left. They had a day at the diner for Charlie Manuel shortly after the Phillies fired him in August. The first 10 callers to WIP-FM got to worship Uncle Charlie. So did the next 10, and the 10 after that. Rich Dubee, on the other hand, stayed to the miserable end of the Phillies' 2013 season and was told almost immediately afterward that the team would replace him as the pitching coach. Manuel, of course, was the Phillies' avuncular manager for nearly nine years, and once he survived his fruitless first two seasons and led the team to a World Series victory and a half-decade of divisional dominance, it was pretty clear how he'd be remembered in Philadelphia.
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October 2, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 2, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
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.
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June 26, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Rich Dubee called a meeting Monday for his relievers, just as he does at the start of every series. His makeshift Phillies bullpen assembled in a small weight room attached to the visitors clubhouse at Petco Park, and there was more than just talk about the San Diego hitters. "It's an opportunity for all of these kids," Dubee said. "A golden opportunity. " That is because the bullpen is in shambles. Three relievers were placed on the disabled list in eight days, none more concerning than $12 million setup man Mike Adams.
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June 23, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rich Dubee advocates honesty with his pitchers. The Phillies pitching coach has learned to not expect it in every situation. The better he knows a man, the better he can detect a lie. He is not familiar with Mike Adams, the 34-year-old reliever hailed as a panacea for the Phillies' eighth-inning woes. There were times this season when Adams' body betrayed him and he informed Dubee of those moments. Other times, Dubee guessed, Adams pitched through pain. As Adams was again placed Saturday on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis, Dubee did not regret how his pitcher was handled.
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May 5, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay denounced critical comments about Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee made by former Phillies reliever and current MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams. In a Friday radio interview on WIP-FM (94.1), Williams said the Phillies need a new pitching coach. "It is not personal," Williams said. "I think these pitchers have to hear something new. " The Phillies have struggled not only in pitching but all facets of the game. They entered Friday 26th in the major leagues with a 4.42 ERA. Halladay, one of the pitchers that Williams suggested hasn't been helped by Dubee, talked to reporters before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Miami Marlins.
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April 6, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - As Rich Dubee preached his optimism Thursday afternoon about Roy Halladay, the pitcher ran. Halladay donned a red beanie and black sweatpants. He paced the warning track at Turner Field in the 40-degree weather while a steady mist fell. Halladay was the only player on the field at 4 p.m. "I'm starting to see some results," Dubee said. "You think I'm going to take the ball away from this guy?" No one is saying the Phillies pitching coach should do that. Dubee reiterated his encouragement for Halladay despite a baffling, 95-pitch outing in which the erstwhile ace recorded 10 outs.
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March 29, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer murphyd@phillynews.com
C LEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay looked like a pitcher who made the most of his work-in-progress stuff. He also looked like a pitcher who has plenty of work to do before he arrives at the level he demands of himself. After allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon, Halladay and his pitching coach chose to focus on the positives. "Physically, [it's] night and day, last year to this year, which was the goal this winter," said the soon-to-be 36-year-old-righthander, who battled back and lat problems throughout a disappointing 2012 season.
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March 16, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was not just another bullpen session. It was something more, because of how much Roy Halladay struggled in his previous outing when he felt "lethargic" against the Detroit Tigers. "He looked wonderful, he looked fine," pitching coach Rich Dubee said Thursday after tutoring Halladay during the two-time Cy Young Award winner's 39-pitch session at Bright House Field. Dubee was perplexed by the questions about Halladay's side session, but he should not have been.
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February 21, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After eight days of drills that spawned an insatiable craving for actual baseball, creativity was required Wednesday. Phillies catching coach Mick Billmeyer dramatized a routine pop-up practice by forcing his catchers to spin in circles or do a forward roll before looking to the sky for the ball. Are the games here yet? Exhibition season starts Friday with an intrasquad game. Saturday marks the start of the Grapefruit League schedule, when the Houston Astros visit Bright House Field.
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