As suspected, the Phillies wasted no time in making an announcement after the final game in DC that 3 Phillies coaches will not be returning next year. The Phillies let Pete MacKanin, Sam Perlozzo, and hitting coach Greg Gross go after the last pitch against the Nationals.
This comes as no surprise, the Phillies apparently retaining Charlie Manuel, Juan Samuel, and Rich Dubee and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, (who was just promoted to catching coach) after the dust settled on the 2012 season.
The Phils also filled those positions equally as fast, offering the hitting coach job to a former player named Steve Henderson, the new bullpen coach Rod Nichols, and a coach who has rumored to be the next in line for Charlie Manuel's position with the ballclub, Ryne Sandberg, may be the new third base coach and infield coach.
Sandberg has spent 6 years in the minors as a manager, but so far, the MLB manager's job is just something that he is dreaming about. The Cubs kind of passed over him a couple of times in managerial changes and it looks as if he is going to stay put in the Phillies system now that he was been promoted to the major league level as a coach.
I found a good article about reasons why Sandberg may not be getting that interview for a major league team manager's job here on ESPN.com. The article points to several ways that Sandberg, despite him being a Hall of Fame player, may not be ready for prime time in the social circles of the way things are done in the MLB, but the article concludes that eventually he'll probably get a shot at managing the Phillies.
We're looking for more changes as the months start to drag on to winter, and then creep up towards Spring Training. Also, we'll look at moves the Phillies made this season and what made sense and what didn't. Plenty of time to find out where it all went wrong this year, not blaming, but looking objectively what happened to this $174M salaried team that was the second highest payroll in baseball.