Phils hire McClure for pitching coach job

Boston Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure, center, talks to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, left, and starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, right. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Phillies long, strange journey in locating a pitching coach for the 2014 season has come to an end.

More than seven weeks since firing Rich Dubee, the Phillies have replaced him with Bob McClure. was the first to report the hire on Thursday morning.

“Bob brings a wealth of experience to our staff,” manager Ryne Sandberg said in a press release. “We talked to many good candidates and couldn’t be more pleased to add ‘Mac’ as our pitching coach."

Additionally, the Phils retained Rod Nichols as bullpen coach and Jesus Tiamo as bullpen catcher. Nichols, who had worked as the Triple-A pitching coach in Lehigh Valley before joining the major league staff last season, had interviewed last month for the pitching coach job.

You may remember McClure as the pitching coach in Kansas City (2006-11) and Boston (2012). McClure was dismissed from the Red Sox two Augusts ago, toward the end of a tumultuous season in Boston. 

In addition to his seven years as a big league hitting coach, McClure has worked as a pitching coach in the Colorado Rockies player development system: three years at single-A Salem and four at triple-A Colorado Springs (1999-2005). McClure, an Oakland, Calif., native, pitched for 19 major league seasons with the Brewers, Angels, Expos, Royals, Cardinals, Mets and Marlins from 1975-93.

McClure's hire puts an end to an exhaustive search that began more than a month ago with more than a half dozen candidates considered for the job. The Phils had offered the job to both Roger McDowell (Atlanta’s pitching coach) and Jim Benedict (the Pirates minor league pitching coordinator) but were rejected by both.

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