The Phillies coaching staff still has two vacanacies.  On board for 2018 are third base coach Dusty Wathan, pitching coach Rick Kranitz, bullpen coach Jim Gott, hitting coach John Mallee, and assistant hitting coach Pedro Guerrero.   The Phillies have to fill two more positions, but at least two coaches from 2017's coaching staff are on to new jobs.

Former Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure is headed to the Minnesota Twins.  McClure is not going to be the pitching coach for the Twins (that position was recently hired by former Boston Red Sox coach Carl Willis) but instead will work in the front office.  McClure will be senior pitching adviser for the Twins organization.

As for former Phillies first base coach Mickey Morandini, it appears that he will not be part of the 2018 coaching staff.  Morandini has been named by the Phillies as an "ambassador".  This means that Morandini will represent the Phillies organization at various functions and in the community.  This is a role held recently by the likes of Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews after their broadcast career ended.

Also being named an ambassador is former Phillies third baseman Dick Allen.  After narrowly missing the Hall of Fame in the last vote by the veterans committee, many feel that Allen will soon earn that honor. Allen played for the Phillies from 1963 through 1969 and again from 1973 through 1974.

Former Phillies coach Juan Samuel seems to be the last with no resolution to his status from the previous coaching staff.  Bench coach Larry Bowa will serve in the Phillies front office, while hitting coach Matt Stairs joined the San Diego Padres.  Kranitz is the lone holdover from last season.

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