Monday, October 15, 2012
Phillies Make Right Call with Joyner
When the Phillies first announced their coaching changes, I couldn't have been more ecstatic that Greg Gross was fired. At the same time, I couldn't have been more dismayed that Steve Henderson was hired. As the Phillies bats have struggled over the last few years, it has been evident that someone from outside the organization needed to come in to do the coaching. In the perfect world, that someone would have been Barry Bonds. What better way to teach your hitters how to be patient than to bring in the best hitter of his generation? Bonds was probably a pipe dream. Joyner on the other hand was a successful major league hitter, sporting a career average of near .300, while hitting 200 homers and having more walks than strikeouts. Gregg Gross, who clearly was no better than Milt Thompson, who clearly was no better than Hal McRae, etc... needed to take the fall. Hopefully Joyner can teach the Phillies how to be selective and improve their woeful OBP.