Gabe Kapler, Giants Name Former Phillies Reliever to Staff

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 13: Andrew Bailey #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates a victory with Carlos Ruiz #51 during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 13, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 13: Andrew Bailey #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates a victory with Carlos Ruiz #51 during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 13, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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Andrew Bailey, who donned red pinstripes in 2016, has been named to former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler’s coaching staff in San Francisco as pitching coach.

Ironically, two former Philadelphia Phillies, a pitcher and manager, will be members of the San Francisco Giants in 2020.

On Wednesday, the Giants announced their hiring of eight coaches to new manager Gabe Kapler‘s coaching staff. And, among the new coaches is former Phillies right-handed reliever Andrew Bailey as pitching coach.

The hire is Bailey’s second of his coaching career; after retiring as a player in February 2018, he joined the Los Angeles Angels coaching staff as a coaching assistant and video replay coordinator. Last season, he served as bullpen coach.

Bailey, 35, played in parts of eight seasons and 265 games in the majors, 33 of which came with the Phillies in 2016. In 33 appearances in red pinstripes, the Voorhees, New Jersey, native went 3-1 with a 6.40 ERA, 33-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.454 WHIP spanning 32 1/3 innings.

Unlike most major leaguers, Bailey’s career peaked in his first two seasons. As a rookie in 2009, Bailey was named an All-Star and the American League Rookie of the Year with the Oakland Athletics, after posting a 1.84 ERA and 0.876 WHIP in 68 appearances. He was named an All-Star again in 2010, lowering his ERA to 1.47.

Bailey would play one more season in Oakland (2011), before throwing for the Boston Red Sox (2012-13), New York Yankees (2015), Phillies (2016), and Los Angeles Angels (2016-17).

Spanning 265 career games in the majors, Bailey posted a 16-14 record, 3.12 ERA, and 95 saves. He is one of three players in MLB history to record at least 24 saves in each of his first three seasons.

Despite speculation, no Phillies coach under Kapler in Philadelphia joined the skipper in San Francisco. The Phillies will face their former manager for the first time early this coming season, April 27-29. Kapler will return to Philadelphia for the first time, coincidentally, during Alumni Weekend in August.