Phillies Hire Two Major League Coaches
The Philadelphia Phillies have announced two additions to their major league staff for the upcoming season.
Veteran baseball coaches Rick Kranitz and John McLaren have been added to the Phillies major league staff, Kranitz will serve as the bullpen coach while McLaren has been named the catching coach.
Kranitz spent the last five seasons (2011-15) as the pitching coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, following stints in the same position with the Baltimore Orioles (2008-10) and Florida Marlins (2006-07). In 2006 with the Marlins, Kranitz, 57, was named Major League Coach of the Year by Baseball America after his starting staff became the first in major league history to have four rookies with at least 10 wins each.
McLaren, a former big league catcher has spent the last four years as a professional scout with the Oakland Athletics. He's worked in various organizations as a coach in his 23 years of experience. He also managed the Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners totaling a record of 70-89.
The team also announced that hitting coach Steve Henderson and pitching coach Bob McClure have agreed to contracts for the 2016 season.
As previously announced, Larry Bowa and Juan Samuel have both been asked to return to the team next season, but neither have committed to a contract.
Bowa, 69, is in the mix for the Miami Marlins job and has interviewed with their front office multiple times.