November 10 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Juan Samuel has long harbored thoughts of returning to the franchise where he began his major league career, and it sounds like things could be heading in that direction.
Samuel’s agent, Rex Gary, confirmed yesterday afternoon that the Phillies have been in touch regarding their vacancy as first-base coach, which opened with the departure of Davey Lopes.
Gary declined to discuss the nature of the conversations, or an approximate timetable in which a decision might be made.
“He’s open right now and looking for the right opportunity,” Gary said. “He’s obviously a popular and experienced coach, so I would think something might happen sooner than later.”
Samuel, a popular former player who is a member of the Phillies’ Wall of Fame, is exploring various coaching opportunities around the majors. Most recently, he served as interim manager of the Orioles, taking over when Dave Trembley was fired on June 4. The Orioles went 17-34 under Samuel (they were 15-39 under Trembley) before they hired Buck Showalter as a full-time replacement in early August.”
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