The Phillies have promoted former major leaguer John Mizerock to the role of assistant hitting coach, Manager Ryne Sandberg announced today.
Mizerock, 53, was a coach for the last three seasons in the Phillies player development system with single-A Clearwater. Prior to his time with the Phillies, he spent 17 years (1993-2009) with the Kansas City Royals in a variety of roles at both the major and minor league levels, including five years on the major league coaching staff as bullpen coach (2002, 2008-09) and third base coach (2003-04).
A left-handed hitter, Mizerock played professionally for 12 years. He appeared in 103 combined major league games for the Houston Astros (1983, 1985-86) and Atlanta Braves (1989) after being selected eighth overall by the Astros in the 1979 draft out of Punxsutawney, Pa.
Mizerock's promotion completes the Phillies' 2014 coaching staff which is comprised of Sandberg (manager), Larry Bowa (bench), Steve Henderson (hitting), Pete Mackanin (third base), Bob McClure (pitching), Mizerock, Rod Nichols (bullpen), Juan Samuel (first base) and Jesus Tiamo (bullpen catcher).