Phillies seeking to retain coaching staff

Phillies seeking to retain coaching staff

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are making no changes to their coaching staff.

The club announced Tuesday afternoon that every big league coach has been asked to return for the 2015 season. It remains to be seen if everyone accepts.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg's coaches include bench coach Larry Bowa, pitching coach Bob McClure, hitting coach Steve Henderson, first-base coach Juan Samuel, third-base coach Pete Mackanin, bullpen coach Rod Nichols and assistant hitting coach John Mizerock.

The Phillies finished 73-89 and last in the National League East, but the front office and Sandberg must have felt it could not pin the team's failures on any of its coaches. They made changes to the coaching staff following the 2013 season, when they announced pitching coach Rich Dubee, catching coach Mick Billmeyer and strength and conditioning coordinator Dong Lien would not return. That followed manager Charlie Manuel's dismissal.

The Phillies finished 73-89 that season, too.

So far, the only change to the organization is Marti Wolever, who will not return as assistant general manager of amateur scouting.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.