The Philadelphia Phillies didn't renew Rich Dubee's contract for next season. So, in other words, they officially fired their longtime pitching coach today. While that move was understandable, it's fair to question whether it was based upon performance.
The implied assertion in this feature doesn't question new manager Ryne Sandberg's right to choose his own pitching coach. Because many skippers are allowed to make that critical decision. Like Charlie Manuel, 'Ryno' deserves to work with someone who shares his vision of the future.
As everyone knows, the now-displaced pitching coach never threw one pitch for the team during his tenure. Directly to the real point: One has to wonder how much influence any mound master could have had on this season's staff?
Dubee, along with Manuel, shares full credit for the Phillies' 2008 World Series season. Those two men should also be forever praised for handling the personalities who won five consecutive National League East titles and a second NL pennant in 2009. But, the digital clock has advanced.
Sandberg's selection of any baseball man must be matched by a much better selection of talent within the rotation and in the bullpen in 2014, or the staff's WHIP line won't change all that much. Pitching coaches don't pitch. The good ones simply help major league caliber minds focus their physical talent consistently.