Despite overseeing the best pitching staff in baseball this season Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee hasn’t been linked any managerial openings, which doesn’t sit well with Charlie Manuel.
“He should be considered for some of these jobs,” Manuel told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. “I see that kind of skill in him. He’s a real good baseball man. Why shouldn’t his name be out there?”
Manuel called Dubee “my man” after seven seasons working together, noting that “he totally handles our pitching” and “is tremendously important in what this team and this organization have accomplished.”
Most managers tend to be former position players, but Manuel opined that “pitching coaches can definitely be good managers” and Dubee recently admitted that he’s interested in managing some day. On one hand Manuel clearly wants Dubee to get an opportunity to manage. On the other hand he surely won’t mind having him back as pitching coach in 2012.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.