Phillies hope to retain entire coaching staff

Phillies hope to retain entire coaching staff

Phillies hope to retain entire coaching staff
ATLANTA -- The Phillies have asked their entire coaching staff to return in 2012.

That group includes pitching coach Rich Dubee, hitting coach Greg Gross, bench coach Pete Mackanin, first-base coach Sam Perlozzo, third-base coach Juan Samuel and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer.

"We're hopeful they accept," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "That doesn't always happen, but they all seem pretty pleased."

Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg could be a hot commodity, although no team has asked the Phillies for permission to speak to him. He led the IronPigs to their first winning season and trip to the postseason.

"I thought he was fantastic," Amaro said. "Frankly, for him I hope he gets an opportunity. He should get an opportunity to be in the big leagues as a coach or manager. I'm certain he has the ability to do that. For his sake, I hope people come calling for him. For our sake, I hope they don't, because we'd love to have him in our organization."

Amaro said Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper will announce who is back on the Minor League side. The Phillies still have not filled Chuck LaMar's position. He resigned earlier this month. LaMar's replacement will be the player development director, but will not carry the assistant general manager title like LaMar.