Henderson out as hitting coach
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.