The MLB Network just ran a scroll informing viewers that the Phillies have hired Juan Samuel as third base coach and outfield instructor.
Let me explain.
Former Orioles coach and manager Sam Perlozzo will move to the first base box. He’s one of baseball’s most respected infield instructors, which explains why Samuel will be assigned to the outfielders.
Samuel was expected to stay in the Orioles’ organization and resume his duties as third base coach, but he couldn’t pass up an offer from the Phillies. Philadelphia is his first brotherly love.
“I feel fortunate that we were able to add someone of Juan’s stature to our coaching staff,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said in a statement. “He was a tremendous major league player and a big part of Phillies history, and I’m looking forward to him passing on his knowledge of the game to our players. He’s a great addition to our organization.”