Report Has Wathan as Part of Kapler’s Staff

Update: The Phillies officially hired Dusty Wathan as their third base coach. They also hired Rick Kranitz, but didn’t specify a specific position for him, although he could potentially be the team’s pitching coach. They also named John Mallee to be their hitting coach.

A report from Todd Zolecki from sites unnamed sources that claim Dusty Wathan, who finished second to Gabe Kapler for the Phillies manager’s job, will be joining the major league staff for the 2018 season. Assistant pitching coach Rick Kranitz is also named as a likely member of Kapler’s staff. Zolecki didn’t suggest exactly what role either would fill on Kapler’s staff.

The 44-year old Wathan, who managed 10 seasons in the Phillies minor league system including last season as the Triple-A manager, has been mentioned as a possible third base coach or bench coach on Kapler’s staff.

Kranitz, 59, has been a major league pitching coach in the past with the Marlins (2006-2007), the Orioles (2008-2010) and the Milwaukee Brewers (2011-2015). He joined the Phillies staff in 2016 working under pitching coach Bob McClure.

All of the Phillies coaches were advised to seek employment with another team when the Phillies embarked on their search for a new manager. GM Matt Klentak made it clear that the new manager would be able to hire his own people for the coaching staff.

The reports of hiring Wathan and Kranitz haven’t been confirmed by Kapler or the Phillies.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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