Wilmington Evening Journal - February 12, 1980

Taylor, Carey named ‘minor’ aides by Phils

 

PHILADELPHIA – Tony Taylor and Paul Carey have been appointed to minor-league positions by the Phillies.

 

Taylor, a former player and coach with the major-league Phillies will serve as a roving infield instructor, while Carey from Scranton, Pa., will manage the Bend, Ore., team in the Northwest Rookie League.

 

"I offered Tony the Bend job and the instructor's position," said Howie Bedell, the Phillies' Director of Minor Leagues. "I had openings for both and Tony gave the option. We talked several times and Tony has notified me he'd prefer the instructor's position."

 

As a roving instructor, Taylor will work with the Phillies young infielders from the Triple-A level down to the rookie teams. He will also join Phillies Manager Dallas Green's staff for spring training until March 15th when 150 minor league players begin their training in Clearwater, Fla.

 

"During the season, he'll be directed to different clubs to work with specific individuals. With his experience, I'm also toying with the idea of having him do some work with outfielders and maybe even catchers," Bedell said.

 

Taylor was a coach for the Phillies for the last three years. When Lee Elia was promoted from a minor league managerial position to a Phillie coach, Taylor was removed from the staff because of pension problems. Had the Phillies kept Taylor on the staff, Elia wouldn't have been eligible for the pension plan even though Tony had reached the maximum 20 years of service. The Phillies attempted to change the rule but were unsuccessful.

 

Carey, 26, was a catcher in the Phillies' system from 1972 to 1975. He's been a coach in the minor leagues since 1975.