Matt Stairs, new Phillies Batting Coach


Fredericton’s Matt Stairs was named hitting coach of the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday.  Stairs, who had the nickname “professional hitter” when he played, spent the last three seasons as an analyst on the team’s television broadcasts.

Stairs spent 19 seasons playing in the Major Leagues, including 115 games with the Phillies (2008-09).  He will be remembered in Philadelphia for his two run home run in Dodger Stadium during the 2008 NLCS.  The home run came in the 8th inning of game 4 which broke a 5-5 tie and gave the Phillies a 3-1 series lead.

The Phillies need to improve their offense in 2017, as they only scored 610 runs in 2016.  This was by far (Braves scored 649) the worst in baseball.

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