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Rod Nichols #54

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● Named Phillies bullpen coach on 10/4/12, his first ML coaching position

● Spent eight seasons as the Phillies' Triple-A pitching coach at three different affiliates: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (2005-06), Ottawa (2007) and Lehigh Valley (2008-12)

● Began his coaching career with the Phillies in 2000 and served as the pitching coach for Piedmont (Class-A, 2000), Lakewood (Class-A, 2001) and Reading (Double-A, 2002-04)

● Was selected by CLE in the fifth round of the June 1985 draft

● Spent parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues (1988-93; 1995)

● Pitched a 7.0-inning CG (rain-shortened) in his ML debut, 7/30/88 vs MIN

● Earned his first ML win, 9/7/88 at NYY, over Tommy John

● Pitched for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in Japan's Pacific League in 1997

Rodney Lea Nichols... Married Sharon Sparks (2/8/86); has three children: Katelyn (6/22/89), Christopher (8/21/90) and Kellea (7/25/95)... 1982 graduate of Highland High School (NM)... Was a three-year baseball letterman at the University of New Mexico... Played Little League and American Legion ball… His son, Chris, was selected by the Phillies in the 31st round of the 2012 draft… Hobby: Hiking.

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