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Phillies hire former Cubs coach

Phillies hire former Cubs coach”

He retired after the 2007 season and immediately transitioned into coaching, becoming manager of the Phillies' short-season Class A team.

We learned last night that the Phillies appeared set to bring back assistant pitching coach Rick Kranitz and add 2017 Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan to the major league coaching staff.

Wathan guided the IronPigs to a playoff appearance in 2017 and managed numerous Phillies players in the minor leagues between stops in Reading and Lehigh Valley. Though the offense was nothing to write home about, the Phillies have a bright young prospect in Rhys Hoskins, the 24-year-old who parked 18 homers in 50 games in his first cup of coffee in the majors. Wathan interviewed for the managerial position, and has been in the Philadelphia organization since 2008.

The Phillies drafted Mallee in the 12th round of the 1991 draft and he played two seasons in the organization. He led the Lakewood BlueClaws to the 2009 South Atlantic League championship.

Mallee, 48, is the team's hitting coach. Mallee was Chicago Cubs hitting coach from 2015-17.

The Cubs won the 2016 World Series during Mallee's tenure.

Mallee was the hitting coach for Miami (2010-11) and Houston (2013-14) before joining the Cubs. But in Mallee's three seasons, Chicago had the second highest on-base percentage (.334) in baseball and scored the second most runs (2,139) in the National League.

The Phillies say that Wathan will be third base coach, but Kranitz's role does not seem to have been totally determined yet. The team did not specify what role Kranitz would have this season.



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