Tigers hire former Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee


The Detroit Tigers on Thursday hired former Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee to the same position.

Dubee, 58, will always be remembered in Philadelphia for his role during the Phillies' five-year period of dominance from 2007 to 2011. He helped teach Roy Halladay a changeup, and oversaw the remarkable development of pitchers like Cole Hamels and Ryan Madson. Under Dubee's tutelage, J.A. Happ, Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick grew into major-league starters and maintained roles at the back ends of rotations.

Dubee spent nine seasons as the Phillies' pitching coach, leaving after the 2013 season. He spent the last two years working as a minor-league pitching coordinator for the Braves.

Dubee will have his work cut out for him in Detroit — outside of Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez, the Tigers have a lot of young, unproven pitchers.

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