The Phillies got to work on their off-season plans even before the regular season was even over. The first casualties were coaches Joe Dillon and Juan Castro. Dillon served as the team’s hitting coach and Castro, who formerly played for the Phillies, was the club’s infield instructor.
“I think they worked extremely hard, but we just felt at this time it was time to make some changes,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi told Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We always talk about, at this level, it’s a production-based business. It’s difficult.”
Dillon served two seasons as the Phillies hitting coach. His assistant Pedro Guerrero was not officially let go by the team, but was advised to look for a different position with another team so that whoever is hired as the team’s new hitting coach would be able to hire an assistant of their choosing. The Phillies offensive numbers declined this season overall and Dillon was blamed for the declining numbers.
Another issue throughout the season was the defensive play of the Phillies, especially on the infield. Like Dillon, Castro was in just his second season on the coaching staff and took the fall for the defensive play of an infield that was sub-par to begin with at the start of the season.