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Phillies Fire Thompson

thompson Phillies Fire Thompson PA (Sports Network) – The Philadelphia Phillies, who have struggled at the plate and are seven games behind NL East-leading Atlanta, fired hitting coach Milt Thompson Thursday night. The move came hours after the Phillies earned a 2-0, 11-inning win at St. Louis. Nevertheless, the two-time defending National League champions have posted just four runs over their last three contests.

Greg Gross, who has been serving as a coach for triple-A Lehigh Valley the past three seasons (2008-10), will assume hitting coach duties for the Phillies. The 57-year-old Gross was the Phillies’ major league hitting coach from 2002-04 before being reassigned to the player development system in 2005.

As a player, he spent 10 years with the Phillies (1979-88) and played in two World Series with the team (1980, 1983). The Phillies entered Thursday with a .253 batting average, tied for third- worst in the NL. They’ve been held to one run 23 times this season. In all of 2009, the Phillies were held to one run or none 21 times.

  • placate Phil from G-ville

    Silly move with no meaning or substance. IF the hitting coach were responsible for the woes this year, then he is also responsible for last year’s successes, and the year before that. Did he suddenly change his philosophy, technique, and message?

    The Phillies did tis to create the illusion that they are doing something. Fans might be fooled, but players won’t be, and the players are the ones who need to get their arses in gear.

    • marsh

      No, the hitting coach takes the blame because it’s his job to fix mistakes, not to produce hitters. He’s not expected to make an average hitter good all of the sudden, nor is he expected to turn a Howard into a Pujols. The good hitters, the ones who were great the last couple of years, were always good hitters. Milt didn’t make them that way.

    • Billy J

      I concur with placate Phil from G-ville and joe. I’ve yet to see a hitting coach move a runner, execute the hit and run, or go opposite field when needed. The team is out of sync because of the rash of injuries and half the starters are having off years which is causing them to press. Two years ago Milt was being hailed as the next Charley Lau, now he’s a pariah. What a joke.

  • joe

    Well it’s only a matter of time that upper management takes action.They can’t fire 25 players at once and it’s a shame that someone has to take a fall.I saw this coming .I tried to discuss this on the air but was hung up on.I have met Milt -he’s a nice guy and I enjoyed seeing him play on the 93 team –well hopefully GG can get us results…..

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