The Philadelphia Phillies are closer to assembling their coaching staff for 2014. The team announced that first base coach Juan Samuel and hitting coach Wally Joyner will return next season.
As reported by Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Wally Joyner had initially declined an invitation to return to the team as assistant hitting coach under Steve Henderson. Joyner was pursuing the opportunity to become hitting coach of another team, perhaps the Los Angeles Angels, a team he had played with for seven seasons. Joyner returned a day after Don Baylor was named hitting coach of the Angels.
It appears now that Samuel was not the team’s first choice to be first base coach. Doug Dascenzo, a long time friend and teammate of manage Ryne Sandberg, was inquired about before the Braves promoted him from a minor league instructor to the Braves third base coach.
The Phillies scored only 610 runs and batted .248 in 2013, which was the lowest in both statistical categories since the 1988 Phillies,...