ORLANDO, Fla. -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted Monday that he has struck out on some of the people he has pursued to be the team’s pitching coach.
“We’ve made a couple of offers and they’ve decided to go different places,” Amaro said.
Amaro has been very tight-lipped on his search for a replacement for Rich Dubee, whose contract was not renewed after nine seasons on the job.
Amaro would not comment on specific candidates. According to sources and media reports, the team spoke to eight candidates, including two -- bullpen coach Rod Nichols and Triple A pitching coach Ray Burris -- from in-house. The others include Pete Vuckovich, Reid Cornelius, Neil Allen, Jim Benedict, Jeff Pico and Roger McDowell.
Vuckovich removed his name from consideration. Benedict told the Phillies he was staying with the Pittsburgh organization. McDowell stayed as Atlanta’s pitching coach. Cornelius, Allen and Pico are no longer candidates for the Phillies’ job.
“We’ve made some progress, but we haven’t made any decisions,” Amaro said. “We’re still in the process. We’ve identified a few guys, but we’re still working through it. We still have candidates. And we’re still looking through some other possibilities.”
The Phils began making contact with candidates in early October. Asked if the process has taken longer than expected, Amaro said, "A little bit."