The Philadelphia Phillies replaced Charlie Manuel with Ryne Sandberg during the season. Since game 162 they've made some other coaching decisions, including the re-hire of icon Larry Bowa as their new bench coach. Now, pitching is set to become the main focus in more ways than one.
Rich Dubee performed well in his role as pitching coach during his years in red pinstripes. But, a new organizational direction spelled the end to Dubes' tenure.
Whoever general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. hires to lead the staff faces a daunting challenge. No longer known for their famed 'Four Aces', the Phillies currently sport a pedestrian group of mound men after Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee step down from the bump.
Rod Nichols (or his potential replacement) will handle the developing bullpen contingent, which is another story. In the meantime, a new starting pitching commander likely won't enjoy the luxury of a deep rotation. That, in and of itself, creates a deep set questions with no easy answers waiting to bloom next spring.