Charlie Manuel replaces John Mallee as Phillies hitting coach

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

The longtime former manager has been a senior advisor for the organization so far this season, but will return to active coaching after former hitting coach John Mallee was sacked. John Mallee has been fired. Manuel, who now works as senior advisor to the general manager, will assume the position for the remainder of the 2019 season.

During that time, Manuel posted a record of 780-636, leading Philadelphia to a World Series title in 2008 and another World Series appearance in 2009, losing to the New York Yankees in the latter year.

Manuel, 75, is highly respected for his knowledge of the game of baseball and hitting in particular.

Manuel also led the Phils to five straight NL East division titles between 2007 and 2011, winning 102 games during the 2011 campaign.

Manuel had been working as an adviser in the team's front office. However, the offense enters Tuesday's action ranked 24th in the majors in batting average (.245), 23rd in slugging (.417), 18th in on-base percentage (.322), and 16th in WAR (14.5). This season, the Phillies rank ninth in runs and 12th in OPS. As first reported by MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, Philly is turning to former manager Charlie Manuel to fill Mallee's role through the end of the season.

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