Earlier this offseason, Philadelphia Phillies assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner told the team he would not be returning to the team in 2014. Joyner seems to have had a change of heart, and has now announced that he will be back with the team for next season in the same position.
Joyner was a favorite among the players, and is credited to helping Domonic Brown have a break-through season in 2013. Joyner was originally hired after the 2012 season to become the assistant under Steve Henderson, who is the Phillies hitting coach. Joyner played in the major leagues for 16 seasons, winning the 1986 Home Run Derby and the 1998 National League Pennant with the San Diego Padres. He has been coaching in the majors since 2007.
In addition to Joyner's re-joining the team, the Phillies also have announced that Juan Samuel will remain the first base coach for the 2014 season.
Starting pitcher John Lannan has decided to test free agency this offseason. He was offered an option to the minor leagues with the Phillies, and subsequently denied. Lannan battled through injury this year and posted a 3-6 record to go with a 5.33 ERA.
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