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After yesterday’s game in Washington, the Phils announced that they were releasing their bench coach Pete Mackanin, hitting coach Greg Gross and first base coach Sam Perlozzo, all casualties of the 2012 season. Today, the Phils announced that they were going to keep Juan Samuel, who will now be the team’s first base coach, as well as their outfield/baserunning instructor, moving over from the third base coach’s box, Mick Billmeyer, who will now be the team’s catching coach, being promoted from being their bullpen coach, and Rich Dubee, who would remain the team’s pitching coach. They also announced their three new members of the coach staff:
Ryne Sandberg, who was formerly the manager of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, would be taking over Juan Samuel’s spot as the team’s third base coach, as well as becoming the team’s infield instructor; Steve Henderson, who will become the team’s new hitting coach, taking over for Gross, while Rod Nichols would become the new bullpen coach, taking Billmeyer’s place.
Congratulations on the promotions, or moving to new positions, Juan, and Billmeyer and congrats on joining the main club as coaches, Ryne, Steve and Rod. Hopefully, you five, and Rich, will help get this team back to being a pennant contender. Sorry to see you all go, Pete, Greg and Sam. I know what happened this year wasn’t all of your faults, but, well, a shake was called for after this sucky year. Wish you all luck in finding new teams.
Charlie Manuel completes 2009 coaching staff as Phils hired Pete Mackanin as Bench Coach; Sam Perlozzo officially named the Third Base Coach.
Mackanin named Phils’ bench coach
Perlozzo takes over as third-base coach on Manuel’s staff
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
Welcome to the team, Mackanin.
PHILADELPHIA — Former Major League manager Pete Mackanin has been named bench coach, replacing Jimy Williams and rounding out manager Charlie Manuel’s coaching staff for the 2009 season.
Mackanin, 57, spent 2008 as a pro scout for the Yankees after replacing Jerry Narron and guiding the Reds for the final three months of the 2007 season as interim manager. The Reds went 41-39 (.513) under Mackanin’s watch, though he was replaced with Dusty Baker.
Mackanin’s hiring moves Sam Perlozzo to the third-base coach position, where he replaces Steve Smith.
Mackanin also served as interim manager for the Pirates after Lloyd McClendon was dismissed with 26 games remaining in 2005. Mackanin has also coached with the Expos and Pirates. As a player, Mackanin appeared in 18 games for the Phillies in 1978-79.
Manuel’s 2009 staff:
Bench coach: Mackanin
Pitching coach: Rich Dubee
Hitting coach: Milt Thompson
First-base coach: Davey Lopes
Third-base coach: Perlozzo
Bullpen coach: Mick Billmeyer (H/T Phillies.com)
And Manuel’s staff for 2009 is finally complete. Okay, guys, you have a new mission. To guide the guys under you into a repeater. Please, do not disappoint.
Perlozzo joins Phillies’ coaching staff
Ex-O’s skipper has not yet been assigned specific role
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
Welcome to the team, Sam. Hope you’ll enjoy the experience.
PHILADELPHIA — Moving quickly to fill one of two coaching vacancies, the Phillies announced the addition of Sam Perlozzo to the team’s staff on Thursday.
Perlozzo hasn’t been assigned a specific coaching position from among third-base coach or bench coach, where Steve Smith (dismissed) and Jimy Williams (declined to return), respectively, worked for the past two seasons.
Regardless, the former infielder will handle infield instruction. Perlozzo spent last season as Seattle’s third-base coach after 12 years with Baltimore as a third-base coach (1996-2000), bench coach (2001-05) and manager (2005-07). Before landing with the Orioles, Perlozzo coached third for the Mariners (1993-95), the Reds (1990-92) and the Mets (1987-89).
“I’ve known Sammy for a long time and couldn’t be happier to add someone with his experience to our coaching staff,” manager Charlie Manuel said in a statement.
Perlozzo was a five-time fielding champion in nine Minor League seasons, as well as for the Yakult Swallows in Japan in 1980, the same season Manuel hit 48 home runs for the Kintetsu Buffaloes.
Perlozzo’s role depends on who fills the other coaching vacancy. That could be someone else with managerial experience. Former big league skippers Jim Tracy, Grady Little and Terry Collins have emerged as candidates, according to a person familiar with the Phillies’ thinking. (H/T Phillies.com)
Once again, welcome to the team, Sam. Hopefully you’ll soon know which position you’ll be filling in.
Phillies let third-base coach go
Smith had been with organization for two seasons
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
To actually see him get release is a big surprise.
PHILADELPHIA — Phillies manager Charlie Manuel made his first and only change to his staff in two seasons, when he opted not to bring back third-base coach Steve Smith.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed this from Dana Point, Calif., where he’s attending the General Managers Meetings. Manuel is in attendance as well, and the two men met with Smith personally to deliver the news.
Smith was hired before the start of the 2007 season, as a replacement for Art Howe, who had been hired but left to accept a position with the Rangers.
The rest of the Phillies’ coaches will be asked to return. (H/T Phillies.com)
Hopefully Charlie will have someone ready to take his place, although it is good to hear that the rest of the coaches will still be here. Goodbye Steve, and good luck in the future.