But on to matters concerning the Phillies, which is why you're here! Hitting coach Steve Henderson will be back in 2014 and he hopes to continue the work he started in 2013. If all goes according to plan, the annoying folks at Fox will be breaking in live during crucial N.L.C.S. action next fall to discuss with Henderson how he was able to work his magic and reboot the bats of Ryan Howard, Darin Ruf and Carlos Ruiz.
As far as I can tell, the Phillies didn't have an official hitting coach until Billy DeMars was given that title in 1980. Prior to that, and according to the Phillies Yearbooks, DeMars served as the team's third base coach and hitting coach. But he held the full-time hitting coach position for two years in 1980 and 1981. Deron Johnson and Del Unser also had double duty as the team's first base coaches and hitting coaches between 1982 and 1987.
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Billy DeMars 1969-1981 - DeMars also served as first base coach (1969-1972) and third base coach (1972-1979)
Deron Johnson 1982-1984 - Johnson also served as first base coach during his coaching tenure
Del Unser 1985-1988 - Unser also served as first base coach (1985-1987)
Denis Menke 1989-1996
Hal McRae 1997-2000
Richie Hebner 2001
Greg Gross 2002-2004; 2011-2012
Milt Thompson 2005-2011
Steve Henderson 2013-
Phillies Coaches 1970-2014