AT LONG LAST, PHILS HIRE HITTING COACH: JOE DILLON OF CHAMP NATS!

By Sam Bush

The Phillies today completed their seemingly endless search by hiring 44-year-old Joe Dillon as hitting coach.

Dillon was the assistant hitting coach of the Nationals the past two seasons under hitting coach Kevin Long. Over the past two seasons with Dillon on staff, the Nationals led the National League in on-base percentage (.338) and ranked second in batting average (.259), runs (1,644), OPS (.775) and walks (1,215). Washington’s 20.7% strikeout rate over the past two seasons was the fifth-lowest in the Majors behind only the Astros (18.8%), Pirates (19.9%), Indians (20.3%) and Red Sox (20.6%). Washington’s 9.7% walk rate since 2018 ranks second among all Major League clubs, behind only the Dodgers’ 9.9% mark.

A native of Modesto, Calif., Dillon played parts of four seasons in the majors with the Marlins (2005), Brewers (2007-08) and Rays (2009).

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