This post is long overdue, but it's one that was talked about here on the FightinPhillies.com blog toward the end of last season. The Phillies had turned in a miserable season last year, and it wasn't too far away from the season that they turned in before that. I know all the talk has been about rebuilding and having patience for the rebuild to take place. You can even read a piece in the papers today around Philadelphia by Matt Gelb, Philly.com Phillies beat writer, on the patience needed for young Phillies pitchers.
What can't be understood by this writer or many other fans of the Phillies is how the same bunch of bench coaches have hung onto this team even though it is doing so poorly, even during the 'rebuild' that has been ongoing for several years now.
The time has clearly come for the Phils to clear the benches of this coaching staff, except for the manager, Pete Mackanin, who has inherited this bunch and deserves better. What hitting coach stays around with the worst offense in the league that long? Look at the Phillies, and it's as if the position doesn't even matter. Same can be said for the pitching. It's up, and down, all round. There's no rhyme or reason to why these coaches havent' been replaced yet. I know they aren't on the field making things happen, but every now and again you have to look at what's happening with the team, and it's not pretty right now.
Another Phillies blogger set out a twitter post to this just yesterday,
In all seriousness, maybe more than any other single aspect of this 2016 #Phillies team, I've been disappointed in the coaching.— Matt Veasey (@MatthewVeasey) August 28, 2016
And how could anyone not be disappointed with the coaching? We've seen the same mistakes night after night, this is a young team, but they've been playing baseball professionally for a long time now. The message is not getting through.
The talk around the Phillies will start to gravitate towards the expansion of the rosters on the 1st of September, we'll be seeing some players come up from the minors and some old familiar faces to help this team on the field out and be able to play the rest of this season out. This coaching debacle cannot and shouldn't be forgotten by the fans, you're the one paying for the tickets, going to the stadium and supporting this team, in addition to the television revenue that has presumably isn't being used for baseball purposes anymore cause the team is acting like it has no money to spend.
Your coaches for this 2016 Phillies team: (need to be replaced)
Steve Henderson- hitting coach (mind you the Phillies have been one of the worst hitting teams the past couple years)
Steve Henderson #5
COACHING CAREER: Named Phillies hitting coach on Oct. 4, 2012...Prior to being named to his current position, spent three seasons as a minor league coordinator for the Phillies: outfield/baserunning (2010) and hitting (2011-12)...Was TB's hitting coach for five years (1998; 2006-09) and the minor league hitting coordinator for eight years (1997; 1999-2005)...Spent three years as a coach with HOU (1994-96), the last two as the hitting coach...Served as a minor league coach for PIT for four years (1990-93).
PLAYING CAREER: Played 16 professional seasons, including parts of 12 years in the Major Leagues...Selected by CIN in the June 1974 draft...Finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1977 to Andre Dawson...Led NYM in RBI (65) in his rookie year of 1977.
PERSONAL: Steven Curtis Henderson... Married Pam Baxley (Nov. 15, 1980)...1970 graduate of Jack Yates High School (TX)... Attended Prairie View A&M University (TX)... Hobby: Golf.
Bob McClure - pitching coach (who could forget the infamous phone of the hook trick in Washington DC when all Bob wanted to do was call in a relief pitcher, wave the white flag, this was a sign if nothing else)
Larry Bowa- Bench coach (Love Larry, but it's time to move on, he's a lifetime Phillies all-time favorite player but hasn't brought nothing to the table on making things happen for this team. He's better off not being on this Phillies coaching staff)