Mizerock brought on as assistant hitting coach

Mizerock brought on as assistant hitting coach

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced they have hired John Mizerock to be their assistant hitting coach.

Mizerock, 53, spent the past three seasons as a coach with Class A Clearwater. He spent the previous 17 seasons in the Royals organization, including five years as bullpen coach (2002, '08-09) and third-base coach ('03-04).

"John has a lot of experience in the Major Leagues," Phils general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He was working with our catching and has done a good job with guys coming through, like Cameron Rupp. He is a knowledgeable guy and very good employee. He knows the game and understands the game."

Mizerock's addition completes manager Ryne Sandberg's coaching staff: 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).

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.