Joe Dillon

NATS ASSISTANT A CANDIDATE FOR HITTING COACH JOB

The Washington Nationals are still celebrating their World Series championship and the Phillies are reportedly looking at their coaching staff for their next hitting coach. Joe Dillon, the Nats assistant hitting coach under Kevin Long, will interview with the Phillies for their vacant position. Dillon is the first confirmed candidate for the job and will be the first interview for the Phillies.

Dillon is well respected around baseball as being a specialist in mixing the use of data and new techniques with old-school methods and connecting with hitters. His boss, Kevin Long, served as Girardi’s hitting coach for part of his stint with the Yankees and it’s believed that Long has highly recommended Dillon to Girardi.

Other names such as Matt Stairs and Hensley Meulens have been rumored for the Phillies hitting coach job, but neither have interviewed and the Phillies have not scheduled interviews with either of them. Former Phillies hitting coach John Mallee was recently hired as the hitting coach for the Angels under Joe Maddon. Mallee was let go in August and replaced on an interim basis by former manager Charlie Manuel, but Manuel was not interested in the job long-term.

The Phillies recently hired Bryan Price to be their pitching coach and Juan Castro to be their infield coach, leaving just the hitting coach job vacant on Girardi’s staff.

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