Joyner Joins Phillies Staff

Phillies hire former as assistant hitting coach

The Phillies put extra emphasis on the offense Monday when they hired Wally Joyner to be their assistant hitting coach.

Joyner will assist new hitting coach Steve Henderson. The Phillies reshuffled manager Charlie Manuel’s coaching staff after finishing 81-81 following five straight division titles.

Joyner previously was the batting coach for San Diego during parts of the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

The 50-year-old Joyner was a left-handed hitting first baseman for 16 seasons with four teams. He finished his career with a .289 batting average, 409 doubles, 204 home runs and 1,106 RBIs in 2,033 games.

He joins fellow former All-Stars Ryne Sandberg and Juan Samuel on Manuel's staff.

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