Phillies make minor shake-ups to coaching staff in wake of early playoff exit

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The Philadelphia Phillies are making minor changes to their major league coaching staff, the team announced on Thursday.

The Phillies announced that bullpen coach Dave Lundquist and assistant hitting coach Jason Camilli will not return for the 2024 season. The rest of the coaching staff will return for next season.

The news comes ahead of the team's end-of-year press conference, scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Lundquist had been the bullpen coach since the 2021 season after joining the staff as an assistant pitching coach in 2019. Camilli joined the Phillies in 2022 as an assistant hitting coach.

Per the Phillies' press release, from Crossing Broad:

"Lundquist, 50, was named bullpen coach for the 2021 season and first joined the Phillies’ major league staff in 2019 as assistant pitching coach. A former pitcher, Lundquist spent 11 years as a coach on the Phillies’ player development staff from 2008-18. He began his coaching career in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system (2005-07)."

"Camilli, 48, was named assistant hitting coach for the 2022 season. Before joining the Phillies organization, the former infielder spent time in the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals (2004-08), Arizona Diamondbacks (2012-20) and Cincinnati Reds (2021) minor league systems as a hitting coach."

While some change is expected after a team disappoints the way the 2023 Phillies did in the postseason, the moves made today aren't going to send major shockwaves through the clubhouse or fanbase.

For fans who were hoping to see manager Rob Thomson get the axe, there's little chance that president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski or general manager Sam Fuld want to rock the boat for a team with such a strong core of experienced talent.

Any more immediate changes to the organization should come to light when Dombrowski, Fuld and Thomson speak to the media later this afternoon.

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