Phillies Hire Dillon Away From Nationals
The Phillies have (for now) completed their major league coaching staff. After considering names that included reported candidates Matt Stairs and Chili Davis, the Phillies have settled on their next hitting coach. According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Phillies have hired Joe Dillon for that role.
Dillon had been the assistant hitting coach of the Washington Nationals, working under hitting coach Kevin Long. Long was the hitting coach for Phillies manager Joe Girardi in New York. If Girardi could not hire away his former hitting coach from the Nationals, perhaps this was the next best thing.
The Phillies coaching staff is now complete. That is, of course, a coach departs the organization. With Gabe Kapler being hired by the San Francisco Giants to be manager, the Phillies might lose some coaches to his staff. So far only Ron Wotus has been reported to be staying in San Francisco, though he has been linked to other jobs.
The Phillies recently added Bryan Price as their next pitching coach.
Dillon was a utility player in the major leagues for the Florida Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays for four seasons.