The Philadelphia Phillies hired former All-Star Wally Joyner as an assistant to new hitting coach Steve Henderson, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Ryan Lawrence reported Monday. The 50-year-old Joyner is a part of the Phillies new-look coaching staff that's being assembled by manager Charlie Manuel and the front office. Joyner joins Henderson, third base coach Ryne Sandberg and bullpen coach Rod Nichols as the new additions.
Joyner, who spent 16 season in the big leagues, worked as a hitting coach for the San Diego Padres in 2007 and '08. He was also a minor league instructor for the Padres for five years ('03-07). For the last four years, Joyner has been working as the lead hitting instructor for MLB International's Elite-level development programs in Italy and Brazil.
During his playing career, Joyner spent time with the Padres, California Angels, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves and Anaheim Angles. He was a career .289 hitter and was named an All-Star in 1986.