The Phillies keep on making moves to improve their coaching staff this offseason. Today, the team announced that they have hired Wally Joyner as an assistant hitting coach to Steve Henderson.
Joyner, a former All-Star first baseman, served as the hitting coach for the San Diego Padres from 2007-2008. Joyner also spent time as the Padres' Minor League instructor from 2003-2007. Since resigning from the coaching position, Joyner has been the head hitting instructor for Major League Baseball’s International elite-level development programs in Italy and Brazil.
Joyner has major league playing experience. The Phils' new assistant hitting coach played 16 seasons in the big leagues with the Angels (1986-91, 2001), Royals (1992-95), Padres (1996-99) and Braves (2000). In his career, he hit .289 with 204 home runs, 409 doubles, and 1,106 RBIs in over 2,000 games.
It'll be interesting to see the moves the Phillies make regarding the actual team this offseason.
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