Twenty-six instructors will comprise the Phillies' spring training coaching staff, Manager Ryne Sandberg announced today. It will consist of Sandberg, the major league coaches, the triple-A staff, all minor league coordinators, additional members of the player development staff and several guest instructors.
Sandberg's major league coaches for the 2014 season are Larry Bowa (bench/infield), Steve Henderson (hitting), Bob McClure (pitching), Pete Mackanin (third base), John Mizerock (assistant hitting/catching), Rod Nichols (bullpen), Juan Samuel (first base/outfield/baserunning) and Jesus Tiamo (bullpen catcher).
From the player development staff, it will be coordinators Doug Mansolino (field), Carlos Arroyo (pitching), Andy Tracy (hitting), Chris Truby (infield), Andy Abad (outfield/baserunning) and Ernie Whitt (catching), along with the triple-A staff of Dave Brundage (manager), Mickey Morandini (coach), Sal Rende (coach) and Ray Burris (pitching). Mike Compton (senior advisor, player development), Jorge Velandia (special assistant, player personnel) and Roly deArmas (manager, Gulf Coast Phillies) will also assist during spring workouts.
The Phillies have invited five Alumni to serve as guest instructors. The group consists of Larry Andersen, pitcher on the 1983 and 1993 National League Championship teams and currently a radio broadcaster for the club; two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay; Dave Hollins, the Phillies special assignment scout and All-Star third baseman for the 1993 NL champs; Brad Lidge, the All-Star closer for the 2008 World Champions; and Gary Matthews, former All-Star and left fielder for the 1983 NL champs and former Phillies broadcaster.