by Matt Breen, Staff Writer @matt_breen | firstname.lastname@example.org
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Maikel Franco hit his first home run of spring training on Sunday. It was a beautiful shot to left field, a nice way to begin perhaps the most crucial camp of his career. But it was the placement of his left foot — the one that guides Franco’s swing — that might have been the most promising sight.
Hitting coach uses statistical data to identify, strengthen weaknesses at plate
By Todd Zolecki MLB.com @ToddZolecki
March 5th, 2018
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Before John Mallee ever stepped into a batting cage with a Phillies hitter, he knew him.
He knew his strengths and weaknesses. He knew his tendencies. Mallee knew these things because after the Phillies hired him as their hitting coach in November, he dug deep into the numbers.
By Meghan Montemurro Feb 21, 2018
With a new Phillies coaching staff in place this spring, The Athletic is chatting with each of manager Gabe Kapler’s eight-person field staff for a Q&A.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Phillies hitting coach John Mallee is in a familiar position.
His big-league coaching career has involved working with some of the best players in the game during the early stages of their careers – Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Altuve and Kris Bryant, to name a few. A Chicago native, Mallee, 48, joins the Phillies with an opportunity to mold a young, promising lineup that bolstered Philadelphia in the second half of last season. Some questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity.
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Jose Altuve leads the major leagues in hits (102) and is second and third in batting average (.336) and stolen bases (26), respectively.
By Nick Mancari Posted 11-13-17
Gabe Kapler has been busy ever since he was named the new Phillies manager a few short weeks ago. He was given the tough task of finding the right staff that will create a strong balance of progressive and traditional baseball coaches. One name that really stands out thus far is the newly announced hitting coach, John Mallee.
John Mallee, interestingly enough, started his baseball career as a Phillie. He played two seasons for the Phillies in the minor leagues in 1991 and 1992 before deciding to focus on coaching. So, you could say he has a little bit of history with the franchise.
His resumé as a hitting coach isn’t lengthy, but he has been one of the best hitting coaches in the league since 2010. John has a track record of being around amazing players during their formative years. He started his hitting coach career serving the Marlins in two seasons from 2010-2011. Spending important years with a guy named Giancarlo Stanton, John helped the power hitter gain footing at the Major League level.