Hen­der­son out as hit­ting coach

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jack McCaf­fery jm­c­caf­fery@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Jack­McCaf­fery on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA >> The first move in what should be a busy Phillies’ off­sea­son has hap­pened.

Steve Hen­der­son, the hit­ting coach since 2013, was fired af­ter a 5-2 vic­tory Sun­day over the New York Mets.

The Phillies hit .240 this sea­son, the sec­ond-worst aver­age in base­ball, just ahead of the Padres, who hit .235. They struck out 1,376 times, third most in the Na­tional League.

Though Pete Mack­anin con­sis­tently sup­ported Hen­der­son, prais­ing his work in the bat­ting cage, the man­ager of­ten won­dered about the Phils’ ap­proach at the plate. Matt Klen­tak, too, has said that he wants hit­ters able to “con­trol the strike zone.”

Hen­der­son will not have the chance to make that hap­pen.

Hen­der­son, 65, played for the Mets, Cubs, Mariners, A’s and Astros and was a .280 ma­jor-league hit­ter in 16 ma­jor-league sea­sons.

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