Former Phillies hitting coach Matt Stairs could be returning to his old job with the team. Stairs was the Phillies hitting coach in 2017 prior to leaving to take the same position with the Padres when Gabe Kapler was brought in to manage the Phillies following the firing of manager Pete Mackanin. Stairs had also served as a TV broadcaster with the Phillies. Stairs spent just one season with the Padres as their hitting coach.
Stairs is well respected and was often praised by Phillies hitters for his work with them during his tenure with the Phillies. While the Phillies haven’t officially announced names they are considering for the position, but there are thought to be other people under consideration for the job of hitting coach.
Dante Bichette, who was a teammate of manager Joe Girardi in Colorado, is reportedly being considered, as is former Yankee Hensley Meulens, who is also in the running for the San Francisco Giants manager’s job. Bichette and Girardi have remained friends since their days with the Rockies. Jim Salisbury also mentioned another name; Nationals assistant hitting coach Joe Dillon, who is growing his reputation around baseball.
Meanwhile, former Phillies hitting coach John Mallee was brought on to serve as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Angels under new manager Joe Maddon.