The Pirates have granted the Phillies permission to interview Jim Benedict.
According to Jayson Stark, the Pittsburgh Pirates have given the Philadelphia Phillies permission to interview Jim Benedict for their open pitching coach position. Benedict is currently a special advisor to general manager Neal Huntington. Prior to his current role, he was the Minor League Pitching Coordinator. He still works with pitchers, but most of his work these days is with major leaguers.
One of the biggest feathers in his cap lately has been Charlie Morton. In 2011, Benedict worked with Morton on lowering his arm slot and overhauling his delivery, using Roy Halladay as a guide. The transformation revived Morton's career. He had a good year in 2011, then had a down year in 2012 due to an elbow injury that eventually needed Tommy John surgery. The injury also made it hard for Morton to throw his sinker. He returned this year, with the sinker back to its 2011 effectiveness, and looked great...
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