CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies announced Saturday that Ramon Henderson, whose return to the organization in 2013 was an inspirational tale of redemption, will not manage Class A Advanced Clearwater this season as previously announced for personal reasons.
Henderson, once a fast-rising coach in the system, left the team in 2008 after 10 years as big league bullpen coach for what he later admitted was a drinking problem. Given a second chance, he was let go again, also for alcohol-related reasons. He subsequently spent 14 months in jail after he ended up in a fender-bender accident.
He came back as a coach for the Gulf Coast (Rookie) League Phillies last year and seemed to have his life back on track. He was thrilled in January with the announcement that he was being promoted to Threshers manager. It was not immediately apparent whether alcohol abuse contributed to Henderson not managing Clearwater this year.
Nelson Prada will step in to manage Clearwater, and Shawn Williams will take over the short season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters.
Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less