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Bryce Harper's idea for next Phillies pitching coach

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The Phillies are in search of a new pitching coach after Bryan Price’s surprising retirement Sunday and Bryce Harper has a suggestion.

Long-time Vanderbilt pitching coach Scott Brown.

Harper’s message in an Instagram story around midnight ET was:

“Scott Brown you up? @vandyboys

"Gonna miss you BP”

@bryceharper3 on Instagram

BP refers obviously to Price, who was here one year with manager Joe Girardi and was well-liked by the Phillies' pitching staff.

Brown has been Vanderbilt’s pitching coach for eight seasons. The program is 200 games over .500 during that time, has won two national championships and has had 30 pitchers drafted, Walker Buehler and Sonny Gray among them. Another, Kumar Rocker, is the consensus No. 1 overall pick in 2021.

Brown, who is in his mid-40s, was the pitching coach at St. John’s for nine seasons prior to joining the Commodores. He pitched three years at SUNY Cortland, went 9-1 in 1999 and was a second team All-American.

Price, 58, retired a little over a year into his three-year contract. He explained why on Sunday night.

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