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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.
A more than seven-week search for the next Phillies pitching coach could be nearing an end.
The Phillies have interviewed at least 12 candidates, but Ruben Amaro Jr. indicated this afternoon he might be close to finding somebody to finally replace Rich Dubee, who served that role nine seasons before they told him that he would not return.
“We’re hopeful to make an announcement or make a decision soon,” Amaro said.
Amaro declined to discuss candidates, but sources have said the Phillies offered the job to Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell and Pirates special assistant to the general manager Jim Benedict. Both declined.
In recent days they have interviewed Bob McClure, Randy St. Claire, Rafael Chaves and Carl Willis, each of whom has been a pitching coach in the big leagues. In previous weeks they have interviewed McDowell, Benedict, Mariners special assistant to the general manager Pete Vuckovich, Phillies bullpen coach Rod Nichols, Marlins bullpen coach Reid Cornelius, Triple-A Lehigh Valley pitching coach Ray Burris, Triple-A Durham pitching coach Neil Allen and Diamondbacks Minor League field coordinator Jeff Pico.
Pico has since been named Reds pitching coach.