Phils' pitching coach drama reaches 12 candidates

Phils' pitching coach drama reaches 12 candidates
November 20, 2013, 10:45 am
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The most recent round of Phillies pitching coach interviews included Randy St. Claire (left) and Bob McClure. (USA Today Images)

Fifty-two days have passed since the Phillies informed Rich Dubee that he would not be their pitching coach in 2014.

The search for a new pitching coach has dragged on for more than seven weeks and, best we can tell, organization officials have interviewed at least a dozen candidates during the super-secret process.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. won’t comment on specifics of the search, but it is clear that he was rejected by a number of candidates after a first round of interviews (see story).

In recent days, Amaro and his aides have moved on to a second group of candidates. It has been confirmed that the club spoke with former Seattle pitching coach Carl Willis last week. Fox Sports reported that the Phils have also spoken with Rafael Chaves, another former Seattle pitching coach who now works in the Dodgers’ system.

Sources tell CSNPhilly.com that the Phils' most recent round of interviews has included Randy St. Claire and Bob McClure. St. Claire was the Mets’ Triple A pitching coach in 2013. He has been a big-league pitching coach with the Nationals and Marlins. McClure has been a big-league pitching coach with Kansas City and Boston.

Sources say the Phillies had hoped to land Bryan Price as their pitching coach, but he never really became available as the Cincinnati Reds promoted him from pitching coach to manager. Roger McDowell and Jeff Pico were candidates, but McDowell stayed in Atlanta and Pico was hired as Cincinnati’s pitching coach.

In addition to pitching coach, the Phillies have an opening for assistant hitting coach after Wally Joyner departed for Detroit.

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