Despite an early exit from the playoffs and some vacant coaching positions around the league, the Phillies are in position to bring back their entire Major League coaching staff next season.
The Phillies announced on Thursday that all six of their Major League coaches have agreed to contracts for 2012. Pitching coach Rich Dubee, hitting coach Greg Gross, bench coach Pete Mackanin, bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, first-base coach Sam Perlozzo and third-base coach Juan Samuel will continue at their respective positions.
"I couldn't be happier to have the whole staff back for another season," manager Charlie Manuel said in a Phillies team release. "Their dedication and work ethic speak for themselves and they were a huge part of our 102 wins."
The 47-year-old Billmeyer is the longest-tenured member of the staff, returning for his ninth season. He signed on in 2004 as a catching instructor. Dubee will be in his eighth season, Mackanin and Perlozzo their fourth, Gross his third and Samuel his second.
Mackanin's name has been attached to the Red Sox's managerial opening, while Manuel this month publicly endorsed Dubee as a managerial candidate. The Phillies would need to release either man from his contract to pursue other opportunities.
"It's nice to see my name come up," Mackanin told ESPN before the Phillies were eliminated. "At the same time, right now all my thoughts are on [the Phillies] and what we have to do, and we don't need any distractions. We need all the focus we can get these next couple of days. I'll worry about the rest of it afterward."