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Phillies Hire Wally Joyner as Assistant Coach

The Philadelphia Phillies have hired Wally Joyner to be their assistant hitting coach.

Wally Joyner during his playing career with the California Angels (Stephen Dunn, Getty Images)

Joyner will assist new hitting coach Steve Henderson. The Phillies reshuffled their coaching staff after finishing 81-81 following five straight division titles.

Joyner previously was the batting coach for San Diego during parts of the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

The 50-year-old Joyner was a left-handed hitting first baseman for 16 seasons with four teams. He finished his career with a .289 batting average, 409 doubles, 204 home runs and 1,106 RBIs in 2,033 games.

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