March 5, 2011 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - When Michael Dubee was announced over the loudspeaker at McKechnie Field as the new Pittsburgh pitcher, Pete Orr was in the on-deck circle. He turned to ask for a scouting report from the best source possible: the pitcher's father. "Oh, I told him what he had," Rich Dubee said. The Phillies pitching coach said he was "pretty relaxed" and wanted to see his son pitch well Friday in a Grapefruit League game. But in other circumstances, that desire would change.
May 5, 2013 |
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.
April 6, 2013 |
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.
February 24, 2009 |
Most days during the regular season, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee likes to squeeze in a workout. During the first two weeks of spring training, though, Dubee doesn't need one. He gets plenty of exercise walking between four fields, throwing batting practice, giving instruction, and overseeing pretty much everything that goes on at Camp Clearwater. "Dubee carries a heavy load," manager Charlie Manuel said yesterday. Every team has one - a well-organized, get-things-done taskmaster who coordinates things at camp.
February 22, 2014 |
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.
March 5, 2011
BRADENTON, Fla. - Yes, it is a small world after all. Juan Samuel and Nick Leyva, third base coaches for the Phillies and Pirates, shared a laugh before yesterday's exhibition at McKechnie Field while recalling an incident that occurred last season. At the time, Samuel was interim manager for the Orioles and Leyva was third base coach for the Blue Jays. When they met at home plate to exchange the lineup cards, Samuel began loudly cursing out Leyva. The umpires, alarmed, asked if something was wrong.
May 5, 2011
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he has not spoken to pitcher Roy Oswalt, who remains in Mississippi with his family after tornadoes ripped through the area. But the righthander is expected to rejoin the team Thursday after taking a week to tend to the damage. Pitching coach Rich Dubee said he expects to see Oswalt on Thursday. "That's what I hear," he said. Dubee was unsure whether Oswalt had been throwing or doing any workouts at home. He will throw a bullpen session Thursday.
February 23, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Phillippe Aumont stepped onto a mound for the first time during spring training, Larry Andersen worked on an adjacent field. Andersen glanced at the seven pitchers about to throw bullpen sessions, and the 6-foot-7 Canadian towered above them all. Andersen viewed Aumont's maddening flashes of brilliance from a distance in his role as Phillies radio analyst. This spring, as a guest instructor, Andersen is charged with molding the younger arms. He dashed that morning toward Aumont.
March 6, 2011
Brad Lidge pitched the seventh inning and allowed a walk. Lidge is healthy in spring for the first time in years, and pitching coach Rich Dubee says that is as big an advantage as the closer has had in a while. He has allowed two runs in three spring innings. "He was a little erratic at times," Dubee said of Lidge's performance Saturday. "But his arm speed continues to improve, and that's a good sign. Like I've said before, Brad Lidge is on the mound early. This is a real early stage for Brad to be healthy.
May 16, 2010 |
MILWAUKEE - When Roy Halladay first arrived at Phillies spring training, those around him in the clubhouse marveled at his work ethic. What time did he get here? 5:30 a.m.? Seriously? Halladay was busy. He followed the same demanding workout routine he had for years with Toronto - except many were noticing only now because he was on a winner, a big-market team with plenty of attention surrounding it. This was lost in the commotion: Quietly one day, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee introduced Halladay to a split-finger grip for his change-up.