Philadelphia Phillies ask all coaches to return in 2015
Jul 19, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg (23) and bench coach Larry Bowa (10) (right) watch the action against the Atlanta Braves early in the game at Turner Field. The Phillies defeated the Braves 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
The Philadelphia Phillies have asked all members of the 2014 coaching staff to return to the team in 2015.
Although the coaches have been asked to return, they may reject the offer. Should the organization have decided to fire any members of the coaching staff, they would not be able to do so until after the 2014 postseason.
The only person the organization has let go so far is Marti Wolever, the assistant general manager of amateur scouting.
In his first full season as manager, Ryne Sandberg and his team finished with a 73-89 record which was dead last in the National League East.
The rest of the staff currently includes bench coach Larry Bowa.
Bob McClure could remain the team’s pitching coach along with Rod Nichols in the bullpen.
Hitting coach Steve Henderson might just consider himself fortunate for an invite back next season considering the Phillies finished the season 23rd in runs, however, the organization feels it is unfair to place blame on coaches. John Mizerock can return as assistant hitting coach.
First-base coach Juan Samuel gave good advice to base-nabber Ben Revere in 2014. Revere stole 49 bases in 2014, the third most in the NL. On the other side of the diamond, Pete Mackanin can return to his third base coaching job.