Before joining the St. Louis Cardinals as the hitting coach at Double-A Springfield prior to the 2011 season, Phillip Wellman enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame due to one of the greatest baseball tantrums of all time.
As manager of the Double-A Mississippi Braves in the Atlanta system in 2007, Wellman melted down over an umpire’s call in a masterful, long-running performance that featured a number of different acts. A three-game suspension followed in the aftermath of his tirade.
A much kinder, softer 2013 Wellman reprises his role as part of the ensemble cast in a Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial. The spot’s anchor is reggae legend Jimmy Cliff singing “Get Happy.”
Set to return to Springfield for a third season in 2013, Wellman has a strong baseball portfolio. He has 25 years of coaching experience, including 15 as a manager at various levels in the minor leagues for the Braves, Reds and Orioles. Most recently, he led Mississippi to the 2008 Southern League championship and was named the league’s Manager of the Year.