Tigers expected to name Rich Dubee pitching coach
Rich Dubee, who served as the Phillies pitching coach during their World Series title in 2008 and subsequent postseason runs, is expected to be named as the next Tigers pitching coach, Major League sources told MLB.com.
The Tigers have not confirmed. Teams are discouraged from making announcements during the World Series so as not to take attention away from Major League Baseball’s signature event. Thursday is an off-day between Games 2 and 3 of the Fall Classic.
Dubee served as the Marlins pitching coach from 1998 to 2001, leading the club’s rebuild of the pitching staff behind A.J. Burnett, Josh Beckett and Brad Penny. Dubee’s first season on staff was the final season in Florida for then-Marlins manager Jim Leyland.
Dubee’s longer, better-known tenure was in Philadelphia, where he served as pitching coach from 2005 to 2013. He coached a star-studded pitching staff with veterans Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, but also coached Cole Hamels for the first eight years of his Major League career. Other Phillies pitchers to work under Dubee include Brett Myers, Brad Lidge, Jamie Royer, Ryan Madson, Joe Blanton and Kyle Kendrick. The Phillies won a World Series title in 2008 and made it back to the Fall Classic a year later, part of a run of five consecutive NL East titles.
Dubee has spent the last couple seasons as minor-league pitching coordinator for the Atlanta Braves.