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By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

The Philadelphia Phillies coaching staff is changing again, as on Thursday, their first base coach and infield/baserunning instructor Jose David Flores joined the Baltimore Orioles coaching staff under new manager Brandon Hyde, according to MLB.com's Joe Trezza.

Flores spent just one season on the Phillies' staff, his first coaching assignment in the major leagues. Next season will mark Flores' 19th year as a coach or manager in professional baseball.



From 2013 to 2017, Flores was the Chicago Cubs' infield coordinator, and prior, was a member of the coaching staff for Team Puerto Rico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, according to phillies.com, who adds:

[Flores] managed the Puerto Rico National Baseball Team for 2 seasons from 2011-12, [and] spent the 2008 season as manager of the Cleveland Indians Dominican Summer League team. [Flores also] managed the Cidra Braves of the Puerto Rico Baseball Federation from 2004-11; won 4 national titles (2005-06; 2008-09) and was named Manager of the Year in 2005.



Flores and Hyde — hired on Dec. 14 as the Orioles' 20th manager in club history — worked together with the Cubs from 2014 to 2017. Hyde was the club's bench coach in 2014, followed by first base coach from 2015 to 2017, among other roles before and after.

Philly.com's Matt Breen noted that the Phillies hired Paco Figueroa, 35, last month as a baserunning and outfield coach "with the intention of allowing Flores to focus more on the way the team lines up its infielders during defensive shifts." Perhaps the Phillies manipulating Flores' 2019 duties made his decision to join his former colleague in Baltimore that much easier.

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