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Phillies looking at Matt Stairs or Mike Sweeney as assistant hitting coach

Oct 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Matt Stairs

Philadelphia fired multiple coaches immediately after the final game ended and the Phillies are doing some interesting things while piecing together the new staff.

Not only will manager Charlie Manuel go without a bench coach next season, Jim Salisbury of reports that the Phillies will hire an assistant hitting coach and “have targeted” Matt Stairs and Mike Sweeney for the job.

According to Salisbury their goal is to hire a young, recently retired player to work alongside new hitting coach Steve Henderson, with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. explaining that “we’ve researched it quite a bit, so we’re going to go with a two-man crew.”

Another name to keep an eye on is Jim Thome, who has a great relationship with Manuel and would fit what the Phillies are looking for if he decides to retire after the season.

  1. delawarephilliesfan - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Matt Stairs, Matt Stairs, Matt Stairs!!!

    Any of those three names thrown out would be great, but Stairs REALLY knows the art of hitting, and would be a phenomenal coach. And such fond memories to boot……

    • philsgamer - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      I don’t know man. Matt Stairs was a swing for the fences kind of guy. That’s the kind of mentality that has the Phils’ core hitters maintaining low averages year after year. I’d like a change in philosophy in regards to hitting for the young(er) hitters.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        I agree, but remember, being a coach and being a hitter are two entirely different things. He may not have executed it perfectly – but his philospohy to 3-1 pitches is right on the mark, i.e. don’t swing at it unless it is a FAT pitch. Frankly, I thoguht of him often this year as the Phils took wild swings at 3-1 curves. Also, he is the best in the game at picking up on picthers tipping their pitches. I would love to have that in the dugout “Hey Ruf, come here. See what he just did on that 1-1 pitch? You see that again, get ready to swing”

      • philsgamer - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        I see your point. I’m not saying he would be a bad hitting coach by any means. He seems like a very intelligent and introspective guy and would definitely be good for the mental aspect of hitting if nothing else.

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:00 PM

        Also, Matt Stairs is smart enough to know that HIS job was to swing for the fences but other guys have different roles and thus require a different approach at the plate.

    • bambam36 - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      I had an opportunity to talk to Matt Stairs for about an hour at a softball tournament in March. He knows his stuff. He’s Raul Ibanez & Jauson Werth’s personal hitting instructor now & called the Nationals winning in March.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Well, at the very least Ninjr can say he’s putting some pieces in place to address the hitting from the regular roster guys. “I’m giving you not one hitting coach but TWO, now HIT dagnabbit!”

  3. pauleee - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    So the road to Kingdom starts at assistant hitting coach. I did not know that.

    • pauleee - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Where the hell is WhenMattStairsIsKing when you need him?

  4. mdpickles - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Matt Stairs is a high school hockey coach, so he already knows how to relate knowledge as a coach. Plus, he hit one of the biggest homers in Phils history, so I’ll go with him.
    Mike Sweeney is one of the most respected men in baseball and Jim Thome talks hitting as much as Charlie does. Can’t go wrong with either.

  5. APBA Guy - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    All really good choices, but if you can get a nickname like “Wonder Hamster” back in baseball, you take it. Good luck, Mr. Stairs.

  6. natstowngreg - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    There’s a story in here somewhere about the proliferation of coaches.

  7. lew24 - Oct 5, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Matt Stairs? Oh…please no!


    Jonathan Broxton

  8. vanmorrissey - Oct 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Sweeney has been outstanding as an analyst when on MLB network. Really solid. Can’t lose in either case.

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