Rich Dubee was the Phillies' pitching coach for nine seasons, tying him for the longest tenure at the position in franchise history. (USA Today Images)
The day after their first losing season since 2002 ended, the Phillies began making changes on their coaching staff.
The team announced Monday morning that Rich Dubee, pitching coach for nine seasons, would not return in 2014.
Dubee had been former manager Charlie Manuel’s right-hand man. Manuel was fired in August and replaced by Ryne Sandberg.
Dubee was pitching coach for five NL East championship Phillies teams and the World Series-winning team in 2008.
“Rich was a big part of a wonderful era here and in his nine years he served our organization very well,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “We believe it is time for change as we move forward. We thank Rich for his professionalism and contribution to the Phillies.”
Dubee oversaw a World Series MVP in 2008 (Cole Hamels), a Cy Young-award winner in 2010 (Roy Halladay), Cy Young runner-ups in 2011 (Halladay, Cliff Lee) and the majors' top pitching staff in 2011 (3.02 ERA).
The Phillies' team ERA increased in 2012 and again in 2013 as the rotation and bullpen were ravaged by injuries. The Phils finished this season with a 4.32 ERA, and had the second-worst starters' ERA and bullpen ERA in the National League to the Rockies.
With Dubee out and Sandberg having transitioned from third base coach to manager, the Phillies have two openings on their coaching staff. More changes are expected in the coming days.