Chris Young

The ax falls on pitching coach Young

The guy that the Phillies jumped to make their pitching coach a year ago is now unemployed, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. Chris Young was elevated from assistant pitching coach to pitching coach a year ago when other teams were seeking to hire Young away to be their pitching coach. The Phillies elevated Young at the expense of then pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who wound up taking the Braves job, filling one of the spots with a team that was reportedly sniffing around on Young.

The end result is that Kranitz is still working for the Braves in the postseason and Young’s future is in question. It’s possible that Young, who was hired thanks to his ability to use analytics to assist pitchers, could be reassigned within the organization. A decision on his future with the Phillies hasn’t been made, but he will not return as the team’s pitching coach.

Salisbury noted that the Phillies team ERA rose from 4.15 last season under Kranitz to 4.53 this past season with Young as pitching coach. League-wide team average ERAs moved from 4.14 to 4.49 over the same period.

The Phillies will also be looking for a new hitting coach after John Mallee was let go during the season and replaced by former manager Charlie Manuel. When he was hired, Manuel insisted it was just for the remainder of the season and he would not be returning for the 2020 season.

Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic is reporting that four coaches have been retained for next season, but the coaches were not identified. The fate of other coaches and manager Gabe Kapler is also in question. It’s believed that John Middleton, the managing partner of the Phillies, is deciding the fate of Kapler and possibly the other coaches. It was thought that an announcement would come this week, but not appears it won’t be until at least next week at the earliest.

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