Mizerock promotion completes Sandberg's staff

Mizerock promotion completes Sandberg's staff

Amaro still confident in Phillies, if they stay healthy

December 18, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Manager Ryne Sandberg completed his coaching staff Wedneday by promoting minor-league coach John Mizeroc to assistant hitting coach. (USA Today Images)

The Phillies on Wednesday promoted minor-league coach John Mizerock to the big-league staff as assistant hitting coach to Steve Henderson.

Mizerock is a former major-league catcher. In addition to working with hitters, he is expected to work with the team’s catchers.

“John Mizerock has had obviously a lot of experience in the major leagues," Phillies general manger Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday. "He was with our Class A Clearwater club working with the catching and doing a really good job with some of our guys coming through, including Cameron Rupp."

Mizerock spent time on the Kansas City Royals' staff and managed that club briefly in 2002.

The Phils’ coaching staff is now complete with Henderson, Mizerock, Larry Bowa (bench coach), Pete Mackanin (third base), Juan Samuel (first base), Rod Nichols (bullpen) and Bob McClure (pitching).

Selected eighth overall by the Houston Astros in the 1979 draft, Mizerock played 103 games over four major-league seasons for the Astros (1983, 1985-86) and Atlanta Braves (1989).

"He’s a knowledgeable guy," Amaro said. "He’s a very, very good employee. He knows the game. He understands the game. He’ll be a good fit for us. One of the things we were looking for was a guy who’s left-handed to kind of give us a little bit of balance as far as what we are teaching.

"Rock is a veteran, been around a long time, and I think he’s going to be a nice addition to us.”