Joyner, Samuel Return to Coaching Staff

Remember when the Phillies announced Wally Joyner declined to return as assistant hitting coach?

He apparently changed his mind.

The Phillies announced today that Joyner will return in 2014, working alongside hitting coach Steve Henderson. Joyner received high marks this season from players, particularly leftfielder Domonic Brown, who enjoyed a breakout season.

They also announced Juan Samuel will return as first base coach.

The Phillies are still looking for a pitching coach and bullpen coach. Rod Nichols, who was the bullpen coach in 2013, remains in play for one of those jobs. If Nichols returns, it means former pitching coach Rich Dubee and former catching coach Mick Billmeyer will be the only casualties from last season’s coaching staff.

The Phillies also outrighted four players from the 40-man roster: right-hander J.C. Ramirez, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Roger Bernadina and Casper Wells. Bernadina and Wells are eligible for salary arbitration, but the Phillies had no plans to tender them a contract.

4 Comments

Who’s ready for another bottom-third finish in team OPS? Color me excited.

I would suggest that they have a good chance of improving their team OPS with Bernadina, Wells and Michael Martinez off of the 40 roster.

Addition by subtraction! Good call, Phan52! lol

Good to see Joyner back in the fold. He was the guy who helped Dom get that O production he had this year. Hopefully, one day he will be able to stop Jimmy from upper-cutting into pop outs and fly outs……

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