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The Phillies have dismissed two coaches and two others will consider new opportunities

Manager Pete Mackanin is returning to the Phillies on a one-year deal and most of his coaching staff is set to return also, at least for now. Two coaches were let go and two others are pursuing other options, but both could be back with the Phillies.

It was expected that some heads might roll on the Phillies coaching staff, chief among them, pitching coach Bob McClure. Instead, McClure is staying, but third base coach John Mizerock and bullpen coach Rod Nichols won't return to the staff for next season. Furthermore, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that both first base coach Juan Samuel and bench coach Larry Bowa will pursue opportunities to manage in the majors.

Bowa will reportedly interview for the vacant manager's job with the Miami Marlins, while Samuel will keep his eyes open for a job as a major league manager as well. There is no immediate word on when Bowa will interview with Miami. Samuel currently hasn't been connected to any teams, but will look for opportunities. Both have managed in the majors before, although Samuel's stint was as an interim manager. Bowa's managerial career started with the Padres in 1987 and he managed 47 games into the 1988 season before being dismissed. Bowa managed the Phillies from 2001 through 2004 and has a career managerial mark of 418-435 (.490) with the two teams. Samuel served as an interim manager of the Baltimore Orioles for 51 games in 2010.

Mizerock was the assistant hitting coach for the Phillies before becoming the third base coach when Pete Mackanin took over for Ryne Sandberg, who stepped down as manager in June. Nichols served as the pitching coach for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs before taking over as bullpen coach.

In addition to McClure, hitting coach Steve Henderson has accepted an offer to return to Mackanin's coaching staff in 2016.

Salisbury mentioned that Sam Perlozzo could return to the Phillies staff in some capacity for next season.


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