PHILADELPHIA- The Phillies recently hired Bob McClure as the major league pitching coach, Manager Ryne Sandberg announced Thursday. Rod Nichols also has been kept as the bullpen coach and Jesus Tiamo will return as the bullpen catcher.
McClure, 61, has served seven years of experience as a major league pitching coach. He served that role for the Boston Red Sox in 2012 and for six seasons from 2006-11 prior to that with the Kansas City Royals. He also spent one season as the Florida Marlins bullpen coach in 1994. McClure worked as a pitching coach in the Colorado Rockies player development system for seven years in between his major league assignments from 1995-2005, and for three years at single-A Salem and four at triple-A Colorado Springs.
"Bob brings a wealth of experience to our staff," Sandberg said. "We talked to many good candidates and couldn't be more pleased to add ‘Mac' as our pitching coach."
As a former left-handed pitcher, McClure spent 19 years from 1975-93 in the major leagues. He played in 698 games and had 73 starts, went 68-57 with 52 saves and a 3.81 ERA for the Royals from 1975-76, Milwaukee Brewers from 1977-86, Montreal Expos from 1986-88 New York Mets in 1988, California Angels from 1989-91, St. Louis Cardinals from 1991-92 and Marlins in 1993. He was a member of the 1982 American League champion Brewers, earning two saves in the World Series.
The 48-year-old Nichols returns for his second season as bullpen coach and 15th overall with the Phillies team. Tiamo, 52, has spent the last five seasons in his current position on the major league staff.