The Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday hired Joe Dillon as their hitting coach for the 2020 season.

Dillon, 44, most recently served as assistant hitting coach of the Washington Nationals for the past two seasons under hitting coach Kevin Long.

Prior to his time with the World Series champion Nationals, Dillon spent two seasons as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Miami Marlins from 2016-17. His coaching career began with the Nationals as hitting coach for Triple-A Syracuse for two seasons from 2014-15.

Over the past two seasons with Dillon on staff, the Nationals led the National League in on-base percentage (.338) and ranked second in batting average (.259), runs (1,644), OPS (.775) and walks (1,215). Washington's 20.7 percent strikeout rate over the last two seasons was the fifth lowest in the majors.

Dillon played 137 games in parts of four seasons in the majors with the Florida Marlins (2005), Milwaukee Brewers (2007-08) and Tampa Bay Rays (2009). He batted .263 with three homers and 19 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

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