The Phillies announced this afternoon that both first/third-base coach Juan Samuel and assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner would be returning to the team in 2014.
Samuel returns for a fourth year with the Phillies and has been a coach and manager with the Orioles and Tigers since 1999. He also managed Binghmaton in the Mets' system in 2006. A Wall-of-Fame inductee, Samuel played second base for the Phillies from 1983 to 1989. From 1989 to 1998, he played for the Mets, Dodgers, Royals, Reds, Blue Jays and Tigers.
Joyner initially informed the Phillies he would not be returning for a second season as the assistant hitting coach. However, CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury wrote that Joyner had a change of heart and would return to work with hitting coach Steve Henderson.
Joyner is a popular coach with the Phillies' hitters and has been cited for forging a strong bond with Dom Brown, perhaps inciting the breakout season for the outfielder in 2013. With Joyner as a mentor, Brown belted 27 homers and made the All-Star team last season.
Joyner played for the Angels, Royals, Padres and Braves during his playing career that lasted from 1986 to 2001. He replaced Hall of Famer Rod Carew at first base for the Angels and was runner-up for Rookie of the Year behind Jose Canseco in '86.
The Phillies are still searching for a pitching coach and possibly a bullpen coach. Pete Mackanin rejoined the staff as the third base coach and Larry Bowa is set to work as Ryne Sandberg's bench coach. Samuel will return to coaching first base.
Meanwhile, the Phillies also announced that they had outrighted pitchers J.C. Ramirez and Cesar Jimenez as well as outfielders Roger Bernadina and Casper Wells from the 40-man roster. The players could return as non-roster invitees to spring training.
The Phillies have 36 players on the 40-man, but that includes pending free agents and six players on the 60-day disabled list.