Wally Joyner joins Phillies coaching staff

Wally Joyner served as the Padres' batting coach from 2007-2008 (Lenny Ignelzi/AP file photo)

The Phillies have hired an assistant hitting coach.

Former All-Star Wally Joyner will hold the role as the assistent to new hitting coach Steve Henderson.

The 50-year-old Joyner was a .289 hitter in 16 big league seasons, seven with the Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels. Joyner has previously worked as a hitting coach for the San Diego Padres for parts of the 2007 and 2008 seasons, as well as a roving minor league instructor for the club for five years (2003-07). Joyner has worked as the lead hitting instructor for MLB International’s Elite-level development programs in Italy and Brazil in the last four years.

Joyner joined a new-look coaching staff that includes Henderson, new third base coach Ryne Sandberg and bullpen coach Rod Nichols. Upon hiring Henderson, the Phillies said they would employ a second, assistant hitting coach.

The St. Louis Cardinals, who took a 1-0 lead in the NLCS on Sunday night in San Francisco, are one of the teams that used an assistant hitting coach in 2012.

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