Phillies Notes: Coaching Changes, Still no Pitching Coach
Phillies assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner has left the organization, that according to CSNPhilly.com Phillies insider Jim Salisibury. He will become the new hitting coach in Detroit with the Tigers according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX.
The Phillies still intend to have two hitting coaches for the 2014 season, and according to Salisbury's report, one name to watch is former Phillies second basemen Mickey Morandini. He interviewed for the position back in October when it looked like Joyner would not be back with the team. Morandini managed the Phillies’ Single A Lakewood club in 2013.
Joyner isnt the only former member of the Phillies coaching staff to land in Detoit. According to MLB.com's Jason Beck also heading for Detroit is former Phillies catching coach Mick Billmeyer, who will serve as the Tigers' bullpen coach. The Phillies had announced back in October that Billmeyer's contract would not be renewed.
The Phillies are still without a pitching coach, but according to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times the Phillies interviewed Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis on Friday for their vacancy.