Phillies Hire Pitching Coach McClure

mcclureThe Phillies finally have a pitching coach.

More than seven weeks since they told Rich Dubee he would not be back next season, they announced this afternoon they have hired Bob McClure.

They also announced Rod Nichols will return as bullpen coach and Jesus Tiamo will return as bullpen catcher.

The Phillies interviewed at least 12 candidates for the pitching coach vacancy and previously offered the job to Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell and Pirates special assistant to the general manager Jim Benedict. Both declined. They also interviewed Randy St. Claire, Rafael Chaves, Carl Willis, Pete Vuckovich, Reid Cornelius, Ray Burris, Neil Allen, Jeff Pico and Nichols.

McClure, 61, pitched 19 seasons in the big leagues with the Royals, Brewers, Expos, Mets, Angels, Cardinals and Marlins. He was Royals pitching coach from 2006-11 and Red Sox pitching coach in 2012, although he did not last the season because of differences with former manager Bobby Valentine.

The Phillies still plan on hiring somebody to replace assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner, who left the organization in October, returning a couple weeks later only to leave again recently for the Tigers head hitting coach job.

4 Comments

Congratulations! You were our 12th choice!

Maybe we should have waited for Lucky 13. It doesn’t bode well that we hired a guy who’s been fired for having poor pitching staffs. Maybe Pap wanted him.

What part of that article made you think he was fired for running poor pitching staffs?

Actually, he quit while he was the Red Sox pitching coach. He could stand working for Bobby Valentine. I’m sure he;ll have no problem working for Ryne. At KC, he got to work with their prospects, some of whom helped the Royals to have a decent season this year. I’m going to be positive about this selection until proven otherwise.

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