Sunday, February 14, 2016

Wally Joyner joins Phillies coaching staff

Wally Joyner is hired as the Phillies assistant hitting coach.

Wally Joyner joins Phillies coaching staff

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

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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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