Phillies hire Bob McClure as pitching coach

Phillies hire Bob McClure as pitching coach
November 21, 2013, 11:15 am

Bob McClure was the pitching coach for the Royals from 2006-11 and for the Red Sox in 2012. (USA Today Images)

Updated: 2:35 p.m.

The Phillies on Thursday hired Bob McClure as their next pitching coach. The hire ends a coaching search that lasted 53 days and included at least 12 candidates.

McClure, 61, was the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals from 2006-11 and for the Red Sox in 2012. A left-hander, he spent 19 years in the major leagues from 1975-93, making 698 appearances for seven different teams.

“Bob brings a wealth of experience to our staff,” manager Ryne Sandberg said in a statement released by the team. “We talked to many good candidates and couldn’t be more pleased to add ‘Mac’ as our pitching coach.”

The Phillies had been looking for Rich Dubee's replacement since deciding not to renew his contract at season's end. Other candidates for the job included Randy St. Claire, Rafael Chaves, Bryan Price, Roger McDowell, Jeff Pico, Neil Allen, Reid Cornelius, Pete Vuckovich, and Carl Willis, according to sources.

The team also announced that Rod Nichols will return for his second season as bullpen coach and 15th with the organization, and Jesus Tiamo will return for a sixth season as the bullpen catcher.