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They announced this afternoon that every big-league coach has been asked to return for the 2015 season. It remains to be seen if everyone accepts.
Ryne Sandberg’s coaches include bench coach Larry Bowa, pitching coach Bob McClure, hitting coach Steve Henderson, first base coach Juan Samuel, third base coach Pete Mackanin, bullpen coach Rod Nichols and assistant hitting coach John Mizerock.
The Phillies finished 73-89 and last in the National League East, but the front office and Sandberg must have felt it could not pin the team’s failures on any of its coaches. They made changes to the coaching staff following the 2014 season, when they announced pitching coach Rich Dubee, catching coach Mick Billmeyer and strength and conditioning coordinator Dong Lien would not return. (Assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner had been invited back, but left the organization.) That followed manager Charlie Manuel’s dismissal.
The Phillies finished 73-89 that season, too.
So far the only change to the organization is Marti Wolever, who will not return as assistant general manager of amateur scouting.
The Phillies announced today they have hired Juan Samuel to be their third base coach and outfield instructor.
Sam Perlozzo, who served as the team’s third base coach the previous two seasons, will move from third base to first base and handle the team’s base running instruction. The Phillies hired Samuel because Davey Lopes, who handled the team’s outfield and base running duties as first base coach the previous four seasons, left the organization following a stalemate during contract negotiations.
Samuel and Perlozzo join pitching coach Rich Dubee, hitting coach Greg Gross, bench coach Pete Mackanin and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer on the 2011 coaching staff.
“I feel fortunate that we were able to add someone of Juan’s stature to our coaching staff,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said in a statement. “He was a tremendous Major League player and a big part of Phillies history and I’m looking forward to him passing on his knowledge of the game to our players. He’s a great addition to our organization.”
Shane Victorino is a perfect example. He stole just four of seven bases in 153 games in 2006, then stole 37 bases in 41 attempts in 131 games in 2007, when Lopes joined the Phillies as their first base coach. Victorino stole 132 bases in 161 attempts the past four seasons to rank 12th in baseball.
We know Lopes will not be back next season. Juan Samuel is expected to replace Lopes, and an announcement could come with the next couple days. Samuel was close to returning to the Baltimore Orioles as their third base coach, but sources in Baltimore said they also expect Samuel to join the Phillies.
The Phillies also are trying to fill vacancies on their Minor League coaching staff. Ryne Sandberg is a candidate to manage Triple-A Lehigh Valley. A source said Mickey Morandini is a candidate for a job somewhere on their player development staff.
The Phillies also have a managerial vacancy at Double-A Reading. Class A Lakewood manager Mark Parent, who is well respected in the organization, could move to a higher level to fill one of those jobs.
But Lopes will be missed.
Sandberg is a candidate to fill their managerial vacancy in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to sources, although it was unclear today if they have formally interviewed him. Sandberg had been a candidate for the Cubs’ managerial job, but once they hired Mike Quade instead he informed the Cubs he would not return as their Triple-A Iowa manager.
The Cubs said Sandberg is free to explore other opportunities.
“I can tell you that we have started the process of interviewing candidates for the Triple-A job,” Chuck LaMar said this morning. “But I’m not going to comment on candidates or a timetable or how many candidates until we get done.”
Sandberg still has connections in Philadelphia.
Dallas Green, who is senior advisor to the general manager, remains close with Sandberg. Green was the Cubs’ general manager when he fleeced the Phillies in one of the worst trades in franchise history. The trade sent Larry Bowa and Sandberg to the Cubs for Ivan DeJesus. The Phillies felt they did not have a position to play Sandberg and because they felt compelled to trade Bowa following a bitter contract dispute, Green astutely demanded the Phillies include Sandberg in the trade.
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.
We’ll see if it works.
Manuel called a team meeting before tonight’s game against Houston at Citizens Bank Park because his team has looked listless lately, losing five of its last seven games. Something has to change and change quickly because if the Phillies keep losing and the Braves keep winning life will become unnecessarily stressful for them.
“It was just some things I wanted to tell them,” Manuel said. “It was a very short, positive meeting.”
Did anybody speak up?
“No, I did all the talking,” he said.
The Phillies look tired out there, but Manuel said that is no excuse.
“Look, we haven’t played good,” Manuel said. “If you don’t hit, you don’t look good. If you don’t score runs, you don’t look good. Anytime you don’t hit or score runs, you don’t look good. You’ve got to play through this. Every year, you go through it. You just have to come out and do the things you’re used to doing.
“We’re not in first place because we’re not any good. We’re good. I know we’ve got the best team in our division. I feel that 100 percent.
“We’re still loose. I’d say we’re very loose. We’re not panicking.”
Well, they’re not, but they are making their fan base a little nervous.
The Phillies have not renewed contracts for the following Minor League personnel: Domingo Brito, Dominican Summer League Phillies manager; Luis Melendez, Gulf Coast League Phillies coach; Jerry Martin, minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator; Jerry Lafferty, pro scout; Sal Artiaga, Director of Latin American operations; Mal Fichman, Independent League Coordinator; and Aris Tirado, Gulf Coast League Phillies pitching coach.