The Phillies announced that Joe Dillon has been hired as the team’s new hitting coach. Dillon is a familiar face within the NL East, as he has been the Nationals’ assistant hitting coach for the last two seasons, and the hitting coach for Washington’s Triple-A affiliate in 2014-15. Sandwiched between those two stints with the Nats, Dillon worked as a minor league hitting coordinator with the Marlins for two seasons.
Dillon becomes the third Phillies’ hitting coach since August, as the club replaced John Mallee with former manager Charlie Manuel in August. The change didn’t spark the offense, and Dillon is now tasked with leading a group of hitters who combined for generally middle-of-the-pack numbers in most team offensive categories in 2019. Next year’s club will be helped by Andrew McCutchen returning from injury, and it has been widely speculated that the Phillies will look for upgrades in center field, third base, and potentially second base if Cesar Hernandez isn’t retained.
New manager Joe Girardi will oversee a Phillies’ coaching staff that is mostly unchanged from 2019, with the big exceptions of Dillon, new pitching coach Bryan Price, and new infield instructor Juan Castro.