Samuel Headed to Philly?
Don’t be surprised if Juan Samuel winds up as the Phillies’ first base coach.
It looked last week like Samuel had committed to staying in Baltimore as the Orioles’ third base coach, but MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli reports today that Samuel is exploring other options.One of those options is replacing Davey Lopes, who left the Phillies last week when he and the Phillies couldn’t agree on a new contract.
The Phillies have spoken with Samuel about a job, although it is unclear if they have made an formal offer. But it is accurate to say the Phillies are interested in Samuel.
It certainly makes sense. Samuel has ties with the Phillies. He could fill Lopes’ role as an outfield and base running instructor. He also would be the Phillies’ only minority coach on staff. The Phillies fired Milt Thompson in July before Lopes said he would not return.