The excitement at TGP headquarters is palpable. Larry Bowa joining the Phillies was enough to get our hearts pounding. But the additional news about the Phillies' coaching staff has brought our emotions to a fever pitch, and so now we share it with you, our hungry readers, so that you too may feel what we feel.
According to Philly.com's Matt Gelb, Wally Joyner has decided not to return in 2014 as the Phillies' Assistant Hitting Coach. Joyner, who was hired last year, had a close relationship to Domonic Brown and to Brown's breakout year. From Gelb's article:
The 26-year-old outfielder called Joyner "an angel" in spring training before he bashed 27 homers.
Steve Henderson is staying on as the Phillies' hitting coach. Good news for everyone who enjoyed watching the Phillies lowest offensive output since 1988.
Returning to the Phillies in 2014 is none other than silver fox Pete Mackanin. Mackanin was fired just over a year ago after spending four years as Charlie Manuel's bench coach. He'd been on the shortlist for a few managerial openings around baseball in the past few years, but spent the past year scouting with the Yankees. He'll be coaching third base for the Phillies. And for those of you wondering why Ryne Sandberg would want to bring back yet another person that the Phillies fired, there's this:
@Phrontiersman Pete Mackanin is sharper than you think. Marginalized under Manuel.— Matt Gelb (@magelb) October 8, 2013
Welcome back, Pete, and may your silver foxiness lead the Phillies to victory in 2014. Or at least non-embarrassment.
The Phillies are still looking to fill several other positions on the coaching staff. In the comments below, please tell us which former Phillies player/staffer (who left by firing, trading, or of their own volition) will fill the positions of pitching coach, first base coach, and bullpen coach. I mean, I'm assuming they'll be hiring former Phillies people since that seems to be all they ever do.