Former Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals pitching coach Bob McClure will join the Philadelphia Phillies' staff as pitching coach for 2014. McClure will replace Rich Dubee, who was relieved of his duties nearly two months ago.
McClure last served as the Red Sox pitching coach in 2012, but was dismissed due to having issues with then-manager Bobby Valentine. Before that, he was the Royals' pitching coach for six seasons, between 2006 and 2011. McClure is credited with helping with the breakout of pitcher Zach Greinke, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2009 with McClure as his pitching coach.
Prior to his coaching career, McClure pitched 19 seasons in the big leagues with seven different teams. He brings years of experience in both pitching and coaching, which should give the arms in the starting rotation a new perspective.
It was reported the the Phillies interviewed at least 12 other candidates, and had two of those candidates deny the offer. Those who they interviewed include Randy St. Claire and former Cy Young winner Pete Vuckovich.
In related news, Rich Dubee was recently hired as the Atlanta Braves' Minor League pitching coordinator. Dubee was the Phillies' pitching coach for the past nine years.
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