The Phillies on Thursday brought back fan-favorite Juan Samuel as the team’s third-base coach and outfield instructor, CSNPhilly reports.
(From CSNPhilly.com) A three-time All-Star, Samuel played seven seasons with the Phillies. As a rookie in 1984, he led the NL with 19 triples and finished second with 72 stolen bases. His Phils career ended in 1989 when he was dealt to the Mets for Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell. In 2008, Samuel was enshrined to the Phillies Wall of Fame. He becomes the 34th Phillie in franchise history to both play and coach for the team.
“I feel fortunate that we were able to add someone of Juan’s stature to our coaching staff,” manager Charlie Manuel said in a statement released by the team. “He was a tremendous major league player and a big part of Phillies history and I’m looking forward to him passing on his knowledge of the game to our players. He’s a great addition to our organization.”
Samuel, 49, spent the previous four seasons (2007-10) as third base coach for the Baltimore Orioles, including a stint this past summer as interim manager after Dave Trembley was fired. Before joining the Orioles, Samuel was a first and third base coach with Detroit for seven years (1999-2005), a position he was hired for immediately following his 16-year playing career (1983-98). In 1,720 career games for the Phillies, Mets (1989), Dodgers (1990-92), Royals (1992, 1995), Reds (1993), Tigers (1994-95) and Blue Jays (1996-98), Samuel hit .259 with 161 home runs, 703 RBIs and 396 stolen bases. He was primarily a second baseman but also played the outfield.
Perlozzo to first: Sam Perlozzo, the third-base coach last season, will move to first base. Coaches Mick Billmeyer (bullpen), Rich Dubee (pitching), Greg Gross (hitting) and Pete Mackanin (bench) also return next season.