Manuel, 75, back in Phils' dugout as hitting coach

Ruben Hill
August 14, 2019

According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Charlie Manuel, the winningest manager in franchise history, is taking over as the Philadelphia Phillies hitting coach, as they have fired John Mallee. He takes over for John Mallee, who was sacked on Tuesday.

Manuel won 780 games while leading the Phillies to back-to-back National League pennants and five consecutive National League East titles. The 75-year-old Manuel led the Phillies to the 2008 World Series, but was let go as manager after the 2013 season. He worked as a scout, a minor-league hitting instructor and most recently an adviser to general manager Matt Klentak.

NBC Philly's Jim Salisbury reported more staff changes are still being discussed. Bernstein called it a "power move" by Maddon given Phillies manager Gabe Kapler's shaky status.

The Phillies are 60-58 for ninth in the NL, going 3-7 in their last 10 games.

The Phillies spent over $400 million this offseason on free agents, including $330 million on Bryce Harper, and gave up their top pitching prospect in a trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto.

As for Mallee, he's served as Phillies hitting coach since the start of the 2018 season. But really, their offense has been bad by every measure.

Under Mallee, described as an analytically-based hitting coach, the club has disappointed offensively, posting a.738 OPS this season, which ranks 12th in the National League and 22nd in the majors.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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