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Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell could leave to join the Phillies

Roger McDowell, Mike Minor, Gerald Laird

Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell, middle, visits the mound of starting pitcher Mike Minor (36) during the second inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird (11) listens in on the meeting. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)


The Phillies have already hired Larry Bowa to be Ryne Sandberg’s bench coach, but another familiar face could soon return to the fold.

According to Mark Bowman of, the Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell will likely talk to the Phillies about replacing Rich Dubee. He’ll be free to do so after his contract expires at midnight tonight. The Braves have invited him back for 2014, but a final decision won’t be made until he has a chance to talk to the division rival.

McDowell, who pitched with the Phillies from 1989-1991, was hired by the Braves in October of 2005 after Leo Mazzone joined the Orioles. While the club has the best ERA in the game dating back to 2009, Bowman hears that McDowell is “one of the game’s lowest-paid pitching coaches.” He should be in line for a raise no matter what he does next.

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