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Remember when the Phillies announced Wally Joyner declined to return as assistant hitting coach?
He apparently changed his mind.
The Phillies announced today that Joyner will return in 2014, working alongside hitting coach Steve Henderson. Joyner received high marks this season from players, particularly leftfielder Domonic Brown, who enjoyed a breakout season.
They also announced Juan Samuel will return as first base coach.
The Phillies are still looking for a pitching coach and bullpen coach. Rod Nichols, who was the bullpen coach in 2013, remains in play for one of those jobs. If Nichols returns, it means former pitching coach Rich Dubee and former catching coach Mick Billmeyer will be the only casualties from last season’s coaching staff.
The Phillies also outrighted four players from the 40-man roster: right-hander J.C. Ramirez, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Roger Bernadina and Casper Wells. Bernadina and Wells are eligible for salary arbitration, but the Phillies had no plans to tender them a contract.
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.