Entire coaching staff is officially returning

Rich Dubee and the rest of the Phillies coaching staff will return in 2012. (Yong Kim/Staff File Photo)

The Phillies have reached contract agreements with their entire major-league coaching staff, the team announced Thursday. All six members of Charlie Manuel's staff will return in 2012.

Rich Dubee (pitching), Greg Gross (hitting), Pete Mackanin (bench), Sam Perlozzo (first base), Juan Samuel (third base), Mick Billmeyer (bullpen) and bullpen catcher Jesus Tiamo will resume their respective positions.

"I couldn’t be happier to have the whole staff back for another season," Manuel said in a statement. "Their dedication and work ethic speak for themselves and they were a huge part of our 102 wins."

Mackanin's name was rumored as a possibility for a managerial job elsewhere, but the Phillies never received any formal requests from other teams to interview the bench coach.

The Phillies may still have to replace their top two minor-league managers. Mark Parent, who managed double-A Reading, is now the bench coach for the Chicago White Sox. And triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg reportedly remains a possibility for the Red Sox or Cubs managerial jobs.  

With Thursday's news, there will be no room on the Phillies' major-league staff for Sandberg.

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