Phillies: Who replaces Bob McClure as pitching coach?

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While the manager job is a critical one the remainder of the staff must also be addressed

Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure did not have his contract renewed following the 2017 season, and is unlikely to return in 2018. With little improvement from the pitching staff under McClure’s four seasons of control the team is ready for a new direction.

Here are three names that come to mind, which could vary based on who does earn the manager job.

TAMPA, FL – MARCH 7: Pitcher Steve Karsay

Steve Karsay – Cleveland Indians Triple-A pitching coach

With Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway being the hot name in the Phillies manager search it’s likely members of the Indians organization would move over to Philadelphia.

Callaway could look to bring former Yankees reliever Steve Karsay in as the Phillies pitching coach. Karsay currently works as the Indians Triple-A pitching coach and has mentored Carlos Carassco, Corey Kluber, and Trevor Bauer.

Karsay has a unique place in American history, one likely no one else could ever match. On September 21, 2001 Karsay, a native of Queens, gave up the legendary home run to Mets catcher Mike Piazza in the first game after the 9/11 attacks.

Karsay has worked his way up through the Indians organization, and if Callaway is the guy it makes sense he brings in his own guy.

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