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Phillies Pitching Coach Watch

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.

Joyner, Billmeyer to Join Tigers Coaching Staff

The Phillies announced shortly after the 2013 season Wally Joyner would not return as assistant hitting coach.

They announced a little more than a week later he had changed his mind.

But then today the Phillies announced Joyner left the organization again to “pursue other opportunities.” Sources confirmed a FOXSports.com report Joyner will become the new Tigers hitting coach.

Those sources also said former Phillies catching and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer will be named Tigers bullpen coach.

Joyner received high marks this season from players, particularly leftfielder Domonic Brown, who enjoyed a breakout season. Steve Henderson is the Phillies’ head hitting coach. The Phillies are expected to hire somebody to replace Joyner.

Billmeyer was one of the most well-liked people in the clubhouse and organization because of his high-energy personality, positivity and sense of humor. It is why the Phillies moved him into the dugout this season.

The Phillies still remain without a pitching coach since deciding not to renew Rich Dubee’s contract. They are still interviewing candidates. A source said they recently interviewed former Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis.

The Phillies previously offered the job to Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell and Pirates special assistant to the general manager Jim Benedict.
Both declined.

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