Phillies fire hitting coach Milt Thompson

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As first reported by Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the Phillies dismissed hitting coach Milt Thompson on Thursday evening.

As with most coaching fires in baseball, Thompson was more of a scapegoat than anything.  The third-place Phillies have been hit by serious injury after serious injury this season and their struggles have more to do with the disabled list than the guy yelling “stay back in the box” from the dugout. 

But that is life in the major leagues — a life Thompson knows well.  The 51-year-old played in the major leagues for 13 seasons and retired in 1996 with a .274/.335/.372 career batting line.

Greg Gross has been promoted from his post as Triple-A Lehigh Valley’s
hitting coach and will fill in for the rest of the year.  The Phils are seven games back of the Braves in the NL East.

Report: Dodgers, Orioles to complete Manny Machado trade

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The Orioles and Dodgers are expected to finally complete involving SS/3B Manny Machado, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Orioles will receive five prospects from the Dodgers. We’ll have more details about the other players involved later.

Machado, 26, is in the final year of his contract, so this is currently a rental for the first-place Dodgers. Machado ended the first half batting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs, 65 RBI, 48 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 413 plate appearances. In Los Angeles, he will handle shortstop, allowing Chris Taylor to move over to second base.