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 name...