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Chris Young reportedly out as Phillies pitching coach

The firing comes after the Phillies’ pitching staff performed poorly in 2019

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MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies
Chris Young was unable to help his pitchers improve in 2019
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According to Todd Zolecki, the Phillies will not be bringing Chris Young back as their pitching coach next season:

It was one year ago that the Phillies dismissed Rick Kranitz as pitching coach, and promoted Young who had been serving as Kranitz’s assistant. Young was believed to be highly sought after by other teams, and the Phillies felt that his approach was a better fit with the team’s overall philosophy on pitching development.

The move did not work out well. The pitching staff - which seemed to take a step forward under Kranitz in 2018 - performed poorly in 2019. There were reports that some of the pitchers did not endorse the change, and that Young had difficulty communicating his ideas to them.

The Phillies will need to find a new pitching coach, but that search will be made more difficult since the team doesn’t even know if manager Gabe Kapler will be back in 2020. Reportedly, that decision won’t be made until next week.