Former Phillies Outfielder Greg Golson Drawing Coaching Interest
Greg Golson, a former Phillies outfielder selected 21st overall in the 2004 draft, is drawing interest from multiple teams for available coaching positions.
While the Phillies’ coaching staff appears to be filled out, at least for now, one of their former outfielder prospects, Greg Golson, could soon become a coach of his own.
According to baseball scribe Robert Murray, Golson has interviewed with “multiple teams” for available coaching positions, and that although he has drawn past scouting interest, he reportedly prefers either a coaching or front office role.
It is not known which teams have interviewed Golson.
Golson, 34, appeared in just 40 games spanning parts of four seasons in the major leagues from 2008 to 2011. Six of those games came as a member of the Phillies in September 2008, in which he went 0-for-6 with two runs scored, one stolen base, and four strikeouts. Earlier that year, Golson hit .282/.333/.434 with 13 home runs, 60 RBI and 23 stolen bases for Double-A Reading.
Just weeks later, the Phillies would go on to win their second-ever championship. And, that offseason, they would deal Golson to the Texas Rangers in exchange for fellow first-round-pick outfielder prospect, John Mayberry Jr.
The Phillies selected Golson in the first round (21st overall) in the 2004 draft. He would go on to play just one game for the Texas Rangers in 2009, and a combined 33 for the New York Yankees in 2010 and 2011. He was included on the Yankees’ ALDS and ALCS rosters in 2010 opposite the Minnesota Twins and his former team, the Rangers.
The Austin, Texas, native also had minor-league stints with the Chicago White Sox (2012), Colorado Rockies (2013) and Atlanta Braves (2013) before his short-lived major league career came to an end. He has since played in independent ball, as recently as this year for the Lancaster Barnstormers, batting .267 in 54 games.
Now, Golson could potentially return to Major League Baseball seven years later as a coach.