Phillies hire Joe Dillon as hitting coach

The Phillies have hired Joe Dillon
The Phillies have hired Joe Dillon to serve as hitting coach, the club announced on Thursday. The hiring completes new manager Joe Girardi's coaching staff.

Dillon worked as an assistant hitting coach for the Washington Nationals for the past two seasons and previously spent two seasons as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Miami Marlins.

Over the past two seasons with Dillon on staff, the Nationals led the National League in on-base percentage (.338) and ranked second in batting average (.259), runs (1,644), OPS (.775) and walks (1,215). Washington’s 20.7% strikeout rate over the last two seasons was the fifth-lowest in the majors.

Dillon played parts of four seasons in the majors with the Florida Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays from 2005-09. He combined to slash .263/.344/.378 over 137 games in his major league career.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
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