The Phillies have opted not to renew the contract of pitching coach Rich Dubee, the club announced today.

"Rich was a big part of a wonderful era here and in his nine years he served our organization very well," said Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "We believe it is time for change as we move forward. We thank Rich for his professionalism and contribution to the Phillies."

Dubee's nine years as pitching coach was the longest service time at that position for the Phillies in the last 35 years and tied for the most in club history with Cy Perkins (1946-54) and Ray Rippelmeyer (1970-78).

The Phillies will have announcements regarding the remainder of the coaching staff at a later date.