Phillies fire their hitting coach

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The Phillies have fired hitting coach Steve Henderson. He had served in that capacity since 2012.

Henderson’s hitters finished last in the major leagues in runs scored in 2016 and ranked 29th in batting average (.240), on-base percentage (.301) and slugging percentage (.385). He is the only Phillies coach to be axed, as the remaining staff — bench coach¬†Larry Bowa, bullpen coach Rick Kranitz, pitching coach Bob McClure, catching coach John McLaren and base coaches Mickey Morandini and Juan Samuel were asked to return.

Tough break for Henderson as it wasn’t his idea to stock the roster with a bunch of guys who can’t hit. But he knows, as everyone knows, that hitting coaches are hired to be fired in exactly such situations.