In the hopes of increasing the production of what was a disappointing offense this season, the Philadelphia Phillies have poached a top coach from the world champion Washington Natoinals to teach their hitters how to hit more dingers.
Dillon was the assistant hitting coach under Nats’ hitting guru Kevin Long, who was Joe Girardi’s hitting coach for a time with the New York Yankees. Dillon obviously has a connection to Bryce Harper, the former long-time National, as well.
Prior to his posting with the Nationals the last two years, Dillon served as a minor league hitting coordinator with the Marlins for two years, and he began his career as the hitting coach for Triple-A Syracuse in the Washington organization starting in 2014. He also played four seasons in the Majors for the Marlins, Brewers and Rays.
Dillon’s Nationals had a powerful season during their championship run. They led the National League in on-base percentage, were second in batting average, runs scored, OPS, and walks over the last two years there.
A big change the Phillies hope Dillon can instill in their lineup is to cut down on their strikeouts. Over the last two years, Nationals hitters had the…