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Jim Benedict Turns Down the Phillies

Jim Benedict Turns Down the Phillies

Jim Benedict has turned down the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies have been seeking a new pitching coach, and in their search they were granted permission to talk with Jim Benedict, who is a Special Assistant to General Manager Neal Huntington. Last week there was word that Benedict impressed the Phillies in his interview, while a group of other candidates were either ruled out or removed their names from consideration.

Yesterday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported that Benedict told the Phillies he would remain with the Pirates (h/t @mjdouble).

Benedict has made a big impact in Pittsburgh. He played a big role in re-working Charlie Morton and turning him into a sinkerball pitcher with a new arm slot. He also played a role with Francisco Liriano and Mark Melancon in their turnaround in 2013, worked with Jeff Locke to add a turn to his delivery and get more command of his fastball, and worked with top prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon on making their fastballs harder t...

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