With Charlie Manuel being let go after eight and a half seasons as the team’s manager late in the summer, it appeared only a matter of time that his righthand man, pitching coach Rich Dubee, would be let go. Earlier today, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made it official that Dubee won’t be returning for his tenth season as Phillies pitching coach.
“We believe it is time for change as we move forward. We thank Rich for his professionalism and contribution to the Phillies,” GM Ruben Amaro said in a statement Monday.
It seems like a cold statement by Amaro considering how long Dubee was in Philadelphia, but considering that he never had a reputation as a great pitching coach, maybe the Phillies are happy to be turning the page.
Either way, Manuel and Dubee are gone, and the greatest era in Phillies baseball, as much as Ruben Amaro doesn’t want to admit it, is over. Now, it is Sandberg and Amaro’s chance to build the next great Phillies team.