The Phillies announced in early October that assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner had resigned. Then Joyner changed his mind and announced that he would stay. But now he’s leaving again.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Joyner has stepped down from his role as assistant hitting coach in Philadelphia — for real this time — so that he can “pursue other opportunities.” Presumably those are baseball-related opportunities.
Joyner was hired in October 2012 and spent just one season with the Phils. It’s not the assistant hitting coach’s fault, but Philadelphia had the 27th-ranked offense in the majors in 2013, scoring more runs than only the Cubs, White Sox and Marlins.
Joyner, now 51 years old, was a .289/.362/.440 hitter over a 16-year big league career.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com suspects Micky Morandini might be Joyner’s replacement.
All-Star voting ends this Thursday night, just before midnight eastern time. The All-Star teams — at least how they’ll appear before the dozen or two substitutions we’ll get before the game — will be unveiled on Sunday at 7pm on ESPN, just before Sunday Night Baseball.
Which means you still have time to alter these standings, which now stand as the final update before things are set in, well, not stone, but at least some Play-Doh which has been left out of the can too long and is kinda hard to mess with.
Javier Baez is a second baseman. He’s played a good bit of shortstop and, if he played for some other teams, he may be an everyday shortstop, but he’s the Cubs’ second baseman.
With Addision Russell out with some shoulder issues, however, Baez got the call at short last night for the Cubs-Nats game in Washington. It was a good call, as he made a couple of spectacular plays in the field.
First up is this highway robbery of Bryce Harper, who thought he had a base hit. It was a good thought, too, as he hit the ball like a dang rocket:
Later, when Adam Lind was up to bat, he fouled one off behind third base. Baez got on his horse and did this:
That inspired Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper to use the old line the great Harry Kalas used about Garry Maddox: “Two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water, the other one-third is covered by Garry Maddox.” It’s a great line, and aptly used to describe Javier Baez’s Monday night.