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Phillies fire hitting coach Milt Thompson

Jul 22, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

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...

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.

  1. Jonny5 - Jul 23, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    He’s a patsy. These guys are pro’s. They forgot how to hit all of a sudden? Because of Milt?

  2. BC - Jul 23, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    They haven’t scored any runs all season. Obviously the guy either hasn’t done anything to help the situation, or what he’s done hasn’t worked. It’s one of those “maybe a breath of fresh air will help change things”. It happens.

  3. Ditto65 - Jul 23, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    When you have back-ups and call-ups occupying the batting order on a regular basis, the hitting coach is MORE necessary than when you have your stars in the line-up. The argument that the starters are all hurt does not excuse the batting coach from responsibility. So yeah, I think you can hold him somewhat accountable.

  4. Utley's hair - Jul 23, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Milt was here for 6 years. He was here when they sucked…he was here when they hit their way into October and when they smashed their way to 2 straight World Series. All of a sudden they stop hitting, and when they DO get on base, they get stranded–all of which started when J-Roll was the only one not in the lineup. They had 12 hits yesterday and couldn’t bring it home until the 11th.

    These guys are professional ball players. Milt was a scapegoat plain and simple. Unfortunately, Milt, somebody had to fall on the sawed-off maple bat, and it sure as hell wasn’t going to be Chuck. Hope you catch on somewhere else.

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