Long-time Baltimore coach and manager Sam Perlozzo, who spent last season coaching third for the Seattle Mariners, will serve as either the Philles’ bench or third base coach for the next two seasons.
According to an interview with his hometown paper, Perlozzo revealed that Ruben Amaro Jr. and his team wanted to make a quick decision and that he had been in the Phils’ sights for some time. Amaro, along with assistant GMs Chuck Lamar and Benny Looper, who spent 23 seasons with the Mariners, met with Perlozzo for over an hour Thursday and quickly inked him to a two-year contract. Perlozzo spent last season as Seattle's third-base coach. He and the other Seattle coaches were encouraged to look elsewhere for their next assignment as the organization planned a massive overhaul.
Before that, he spent 12 years with Baltimore as a third-base coach (1996-2000), bench coach (2001-05) and manager (2005-07). Before landing with the Orioles, Perlozzo coached third for the Mariners (1993-95), the Reds (1990-92) and the Mets (1987-89).
A former infielder, Perlozzo was a five-time fielding champion in nine Minor League seasons and figures to be the obvious choice to coach the infield. He spent the 1980 season playing for the Yakult Swallows in Japan, the same season Manuel hit 48 home runs for Kintetsu, according to a Phillies news release.
The Phillies have one more coaching vacancy to fill, either on the bench or at third. Former big league skippers Jim Tracy, Grady Little and Terry Collins have emerged as candidates, according to sources cited by Phillies.com scribe Ken Mandel. [Jump to newest comment]