Phillies hire former All-Star Joyner as assistant hitting coach

Posted: October 16, 2012

WALLY JOYNER has joined the new-look Phillies coaching staff.

The team announced Monday that Joyner would be the team's assistant hitting coach in 2013. Joyner, a career .289 hitter in 16 big-league seasons, joins Steve Henderson, who was hired as the team's hitting coach on Oct. 4.

The 50-year-old Joyner, an All-Star in his rookie season with the California Angels in 1986, has previously worked as the hitting coach with the San Diego Padres in parts of the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Joyner, who was a first baseman, has worked as the lead hitting instructor for MLB International's Elite-level development programs in Italy and Brazil in the last 4 years.

On the day he hired Henderson, who was the Tampa Bay Rays hitting coach from 2006-2009, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phils would employ two hitting coaches this season. It's a relatively new formula other teams have began using.

The St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and Padres all employed two hitting coaches in 2012.

"I think the system will be better with an assistant in so much that different guys take information in different ways," Amaro said. "I think it's important for our players to see different points of view and get information in different ways. I talked to [Henderson] about adding that other element and he thought it was a very good idea."

Joyner is the fourth new member of the coaching staff, joining Henderson, third-base coach Ryne Sandberg and bullpen coach Rod Nichols. The Phils did not renew the contracts of bench coach Pete Mackanin, first-base coach Sam Perlozzo and hitting coach Greg Gross at the conclusion of the 2012 season.

Joyner, a teammate of Amaro's with the California Angels in 1991, amassed 2,060 hits in 2,033 major league games with the Angels, Kansas City Royals, Padres and Atlanta Braves.

- Ryan Lawrence

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