The media guide lists Rich Dubee as the pitching coach of the Philadelphia Phillies and in title, he is.
Dubee occasionally walks out to the mound to say a few things that may or may not be profound, then walks back to the dugout. When it comes time for a pitching change, though, Dubee’s long-time friend, manager Charlie Manuel, takes the ball.
With Dubee’s staff sporting both the highest payroll and ERA in baseball, Phillies fans have recently wondered just what qualifies Dubee for the job, other than being Manuel’s friend?
As it turns out, so have others. In May, former Phillies reliever Mitch Williams said he’d like to see Dubee fired. On Thursday, another former Phils’ reliever, Scott Mathieson, added to the choir on Twitter:
For Phillies fans, the criticism of the two relievers aimed at Dubee conjures up the image of 2010 when aces Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels could be seen regularly seeking the counsel of then-fellow pitcher Jamie Moyer. On many days, Moyer would be in the middle of the group gripping a baseball and answering questions from the three.
As a contrast, Dubee could be seen at the same time sitting alone in the corner of the dugout.
It’s little wonder why Moyer commanded that kind of respect and Dubee did not: he won 269 major-league games with a fastball that never clocked higher than 87 mph.
Dubee won zero major-league games. His best year was a 12-9 season for Double-A Jacksonville in the Kansas City Royals’ system. He never reached the major leagues. Even Nichols had seven major-league seasons as a pitcher under his belt.
Meanwhile, the highly-paid pitching staff that Dubee has been given the reins to handle has been underperforming, particularly at the back end of the bullpen. Dubee might not be the reason why, but he doesn’t engender a whole lot of confidence among Phillies players and fans, as many hoping for another call to the bullpen — this time for Jamie Moyer.