Milt Thompson has been relieved of his duties as hitting coach, the Phillies announced late last night after the Phillies barely squeaked out a 2-0 win yesterday afternoon.
Thompson, 51, was part of the 1993 World Series team and has been the hitting coach since 2004. 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. Gross, 57, was the Phillies' Major League hitting coach from 2002-04 before being reassigned to the player development system in 2005.
Beerleaguer: Thompson, who oversaw the rise of a typically prolific offense and development of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and others into MVPs or MVP-caliber players, takes the fall here for a badly underachieving group of hobbled veterans. What "message" does this send? I'm not exactly sure.