Friday, March 6, 2015

A day for the Dubees

BRADENTON, Fla. — When Michael Dubee was announced over the loudspeaker at McKechnie Field as the new Pittsburgh pitcher, Pete Orr was standing in the on-deck circle. He turned around to ask for a scouting report from the best source possible: the pitcher's father.

A day for the Dubees

Pitching coach Rich Dubee takes in the action of a spring training game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Pitching coach Rich Dubee takes in the action of a spring training game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

BRADENTON, Fla. — When Michael Dubee was announced over the loudspeaker at McKechnie Field as the new Pittsburgh pitcher, Pete Orr was standing in the on-deck circle. He turned around to ask for a scouting report from the best source possible: the pitcher's father.

"Oh, I told him what he had," Rich Dubee said.

The Phillies pitching coach said he was "pretty relaxed" and wanted to see his son pitch well Friday in a meaningless Grapefruit League game. But in other circumstances, that desire would change.

"Regular season, if he ever gets there and pitches against us, I hope we light him up," Rich said. "These types of games, I hope he does well."

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In two-thirds of an inning, Michael (a former Phillies draft pick) allowed two inherited runners to score. Rich said he made a mistake on a curveball that Dane Sardinha hit for an RBI single.

It wasn't the first time Rich saw Michael in a big-league game. Last season in the on-deck series at Citizens Bank Park, Michael pitched.

"That was a tough situation," Rich said. "I could never imagine. I had to pitch in front of my father in high school. I could never imagine doing it in a professional game."

The two will be able to discuss the day at the family's home in nearby Sarasota, Fla.

"Good dinner talk," Rich said.


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