Report: Phillies hire Bob McClure as pitching coach

Posted by Corey Seidman, Thu, November 21, 2013 12:07 PM | Comments: 14

The Phillies plan to hire Bob McClure as their next pitching coach, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.

The 61-year-old was the Royals’ pitching coach from 2006-11 and held the same role for the 2012 Red Sox.

McClure pitched in the majors for 19 years, mostly as a lefty reliever.

The Phillies had long been in search of a pitching coach to replace Rich Dubee, whose contract was not renewed after the 2013 season. They were spurned several times, by Bryan Price, who was named the Reds’ manager, and Roger McDowell, who chose instead to stay with the Braves.

The Phils still have one opening on their coaching staff — assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner departed for Detroit.

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  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    Wow! as much as I didn’t like Dubee. I kinda wish they kept him now. Or better yet they should have reached out to Jamie Moyer. Or given it to Rod Nichols. At least those two know something about our pitchers.

    • Posts: 0 Brass Villanueva

      Moyer hasn’t been in the organization since 2010. I don’t think he’d be that familiar with the Phillies’ pitching staff. He also made over $84 million during his career – he may not even have an interest in a coaching.

  • Posts: 2991 Chuck A.

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    I’m supposed to be excited about this? Seems like they’ve kinda scraped the bottom of the barrel with this hire…

    • Posts: 0 George

      They did aim higher, but the ones they really went after first became managers and /or decided to stay with their current teams. You can’t fault the front office for any of that.

      Just hope McClure works out well.

  • Posts: 28 PhillyMike

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    Why not give Nichols a shot? That tells me something since Ryno worked with him.

  • Posts: 0 J.L.

    Every team he worked with had era’s over 4. Are they serious? Cross your fingers.

  • Posts: 0 Matt

    One word, looser.

    • Posts: 0 G7

      That would be loser…looser is what I would like my jeans to be around my waist..

  • Posts: 0 Genghis Khan

    A second word: tighter.

  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    I belevee Ramierez has been released.

  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    That’s BELIEVE

  • Posts: 860 schmenkman

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    Absolutely, I don’t think either DTD or I were arguing the point, just clarifying JCR’s situation.

  • Posts: 0 George

    You really have it right Hogey, when you say everyone complained about no pitching coach and now they complain about the one they chose.

    This is probably the most negative group of people I’ve ever encountered. To some folks here, no matter who gets signed, or traded, or added to the coaching staff, or sells hot dogs in the stands, he’s the wrong man for the job. If the phils win, it’s luck, if they lose, it’s Amaro. If ticket prices increase it’s ownership, if they decrease (not likely) it’d probaly be because CBP has cockroaches or big hairy rats. If a player coughs, he’s deliberately trying to make the fans sick. If he has a heart attack or dies of cancer, it’s because he didn’t keep himself in shape.

  • Posts: 0 hk

    Right. In 2005, the year before he took over, the Royals had a 5.49 team ERA. It’s not like he took over the 1971 Orioles.

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