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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 Also Let Go of Mackanin, Gross

Less than two hours after the Phillies 2012 season ended they fired three coaches.

Shortly after it was announced first base coach Sam Perlozzo will not return to the Phillies in 2013, the Phillies announced they have cut ties with bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross.

With three coaching spots vacant right now it should be easy to believe Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg could be a candidate for any of the three spots.

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.”

2010 Moment: #5 Now batting, left fielder… Roy Oswalt!

You can thank Scott Berry and a very PO’ed Ryan Howard for this moment. This whole August 24th meeting between the Phillies and Houston Astros was just a weird one.

A month after being traded from his life time team in Houston to the Philies, Roy Oswalt was set to face his former team. But heading into the four-game series, Oswalt was not set to start in any of the games, which was disappointing for Houston fans at home watching. But Oswalt wound up playing left field, giving fans in attendance and at home for both teams something to remember.

Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco had to restrain Ryan Howard from committing a crime on the diamond. Too bad the only crime was Howard being robbed.

But let’s fast forward 14 innings of this game. And I know what you’re thinking when you see “14”: they did have a 14th inning stretch. With runners on second and third and two outs, Howard stepped up to the plate. Earlier in the game, Howard got called on a check-swing, being ruled that he went around. Howard disagreed with that call but put it behind him.

The same situation presented itself again to Howard, who finished the night 0-for-7 with five strike outs. On a 1-2 count, Howard held up his swing but Berry, umping the third-base line, pulled the trigger and then put his hands on his arms to mock Howard.

Howard charged at Berry, who ejected

him and probably soiled himself in the process as Placido Polanco (standing on third) and third base coach Sam Perlozzo had to restrain the charging Howard.

But this left the Phillies with a problem. Having exhausted all of their bench players, the Phillies needed to fill the void at first. Raul Ibanez moved from left to play first, which settled that problem. But who is going to play left field?

Citizens Bank Park erupted when they say a #44 jersey emerge from the dugout. Oswalt jogged out to left field to finish the game and bat in the four-spot left vacant by Howard. On the first play of the inning, a fly ball was hit to left field. Oswalt caught it and the place erupted again.

But the high didn’t last too long. A costly error by Ibanez led to a two-run 15th for the Astros and Oswalt was forced to bat with two outs and two men on. Oswalt grounded out to end the game (Houston won 4-2 in 16 innings), but the memory of him jogging out to left field and making a catch will never be forgotten.

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10. Chooch’s walk-off HR against St. Louis
9. Taser bro
8. Moyer’s CG/SHO
7. Hamels dominates Reds
6. Broxton Meltdown Part III
5. Oswalt plays LF

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.