Charlie Manuel thinks pitching coach Rich Dubee would make a good manager

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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.