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Phillies Coaching Shuffle: Ryne Sandberg to Coach Third Base

Former IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg (Yong Kim/Inquirer Staff)

PHILADELPHIA — Yesterday, the Phillies fired first base coach Sam Perlozzo as well as cut ties with hitting coach Greg Gross and bench coach Pete Mackanin.

With those spots vacated it left room for a certain minor league manager to get his first real crack at Major League coaching.

Hall of Fame second baseman and former IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg will coach third base. Last year’s third base coach Juan Samuel will move to first base.

Sandberg will also become the infield instructor, which was Perlozzo’s job.

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Phillies Let Go 1B Coach Perlozzo

Former Phillies 1B Coach Sam Perlozzo.

Not even 15 minutes after the Phillies’ season ended they made a cut in the coaching staff.

First base coach Sam Perlozzo will not return for the 2013 season according to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro.

Perlozzo was hired as the third base coach in 2009. In 2011, he moved to first base when the Phillies hired Juan Samuel to coach third.

Manager Charlie Manuel commented:

“It’s definitely not what he did. I look at him as a great teacher and tremendous coach. When you want to do some things, people on your staff, they’re the ones who have to be let go or moved. That’s the position it’s in. It’s something the organization felt we’re going to go that way.”

Pregame notes Sept 19

HOWARD GETS A SHOT — Ryan Howard has received a cortisone shot in his left foot.

The injection in Howard’s left bursa sac today will sideline him for at least the next few days. Ruben Amaro said Howard will sit anywhere from 2-4 days, but is confident the injection will have his foot feeling good throughout October.

WORLEY TO PEN? — The Phillies are possibly giving Vance Worley one final start on Wednesday before working on a transition to get the right-handed rookie into the bull pen, according to David Hale.

The Phillies have made up their mind that Worley will be pitching out of the bull pen, a huge boost to a unit that has been a little bit rocky as of late. Worley compiled an 11-2 record with a 2.85 ERA this year. But in his last nine starts, he has finished 7 innings just twice (4-1, 4.09 ERA in that stretch).

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News Around Baseball 11/22/10

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

VOTTO WINS MVP — To no surprise, the Reds first baseman Joey Votto was awarded the NL MVP award today. Votto received 31 out of 32 possible first place votes (Albert Pujols had the other) to become the first Red to win the award since Barry Larkin in 1995.

Votto put up impressive numbers all season, batting .327 with 37 homers and 113 RBIs. He also slugged an impressive .600 and finished with an OPS of 1.064.

Roy Halladay, who won the NL Cy Young last week, finished sixth in voting. He and Ryan Howard received one second place vote apiece. Jayson Werth was eighth in voting, Howard was 10th, and Carlos Ruiz finished 17th.

LOPES BACK IN LA — Former Phillies first base coach Davey Lopes is going back to LA. Lopes signed with the Dodgers to be their first base coach today.

From 2007-2010, the Phillies finished top in baseball in base running due to Lopes’ expertise at reading pitchers and catchers. He helped turn Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino into some of the biggest threats on the base paths in baseball.

The Phillies replaced Lopes with Juan Samuel over the offseason.

SIZEMORE RUMORS — For the past week, there have been rumblings on MLB XM radio of the Phillies being interested in Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore. The Indians are shopping the 27-year-old around

Sizemore played in only 33 games last season due to injury. He’s a career .272 hitter with 129 home runs. He can give teams a .275 season with 20-25 homers and 75-85 RBIs from the left side of the plate.


Samuel to Coach 3rd

The Phils signed former second baseman Juan Samuel to be their third base coach. Former coach, Sam Perlozzo, will fill the void left by Davey Lopes at first.

I was never a fan of Perlozzo at third so this is good news to me. Other than that, carry on with your every day lives. That’s all for today.

The Phillies Off Season Tracker

This post will be dedicated to all moves regarding the Phillies’ interests, rumors, signings, and other off season moves that have occurred so far during the winter.

Jan. 6: Phillies signed OF Delwyn Young to a minor league contract.

Dec. 27: The Phillies signed J.C. Romero to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

Dec. 17: The Phillies and Dennys Reyes backed out of their agreement on a $1.1 million deal.

Dec. 14: The Phillies signed Cliff Lee to a five-year, $120 million deal at midnight, one year after trading him to Seattle.

Dec. 13: The Phillies have hopped on the Cliff Lee bandwagon, reportedly having made a “spirited late bid” according to ESPN. If the Phillies do get Lee, they will have the scariest rotation in the league.

The Yankees and Rangers have both made generous offers to Lee of seven and six years respectively for over $20 million a year. Are the Phillies willing to pay that much?

Dec. 8: Phillies sign relief pitcher Dennys Reyes to a one-year, $1.1 million contract pending a physical. There is an option for 2012.

Dec. 7: Phillies took Jesus Sanchez and Yohan Flande off the 40-man roster to make room for the Rule 5 draft, tweeted Todd Zolecki.

Dec. 6: The Phillies are not as interested in free agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur as rumored. Guys like Matt Diaz and Scott Hairston are other right-handed bats being thrown around as possible replacements for Werth.

Dec. 5: Jayson Werth signs a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals.

Nov. 24: Jayson Werth is offered arbitration but reliever Chad Durbin is not. Werth is a Type-A free agent.

Nov. 22: Phillies first base coach Davey Lopes signed with the Dodgers.

Nov. 15: Phillies signed Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg to be manager of AAA Lehigh.

Nov. 11: Juan Samuel is signed to coach first base for the Phillies after they failed to negotiate with Davey Lopes.

Oct. 29: Phillies part ways with left-handed starter Jamie Moyer and left-handed hitting infielder Greg Dobbs.

Oct. 26: The Phillies declined their $4.5 million option on left-hander J.C. Romero.