After nine seasons, the Phillies have parted with pitching coach Rich Dubee. The announcement came a day after the Phillies completed their first losing season in 11 years.
Dubee helmed the pitching staff during a run of five division titles, two NL pennants and a World Series win. Under his watch Roy Halladay won the 2010 NL Cy Young, he and Cliff Lee had runner-up finishes, Cole Hamels won a World Series MVP and the Phils had a MLB-low 3.02 ERA in 2011.
Dubee taught Halladay the changeup and helped Kyle Kendrick progress into a major-league pitcher. His work with Ryan Madson stood out, but he was unable to help young relievers like Phillippe Aumont and Justin De Fratus progress quickly enough. The Phillies had the National League's second-worst starters' ERA and bullpen ERA this year, both to the Rockies.
Still, Dubee is highly thought-of and should have no problem landing a job elsewhere.
The Phils now have openings at pitching coach and at one of the bases, and more changes could be coming.