Charlie Manuel, 75, returns to Philadelphia Phillies' bench as hitting coach


The Phillies have fired hitting coach John Mallee and have replaced him with World Champion manager Charlie Manuel, according to Todd Zolecki. He takes over for John Mallee, who was sacked on Tuesday.

The Phillies are hoping the manager who took them to their last World Series title can salvage their playoff hopes. He has one year remaining on his three-year contract.

The Phillies have been contemplating changes to the coaching staff for a couple of weeks, and more changes could come.

Manuel has served as a special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak, minor league instructor, and scout for the organization. It's also worth noting that his new boss - Gabe Kapler - has been nowhere near as successful as a Phillies manager as Manuel was.

Despite the struggles, the Phillies are just two games back in the NL wild card race with a record of 60-58. Manuel is about as old-school of a coach as you can get, but he's had great success in his career with the Phillies and Indians.

The team now ranks 24th in the majors in batting average (.245), 23rd in home runs (149) and 22nd in slugging percentage (.738).

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.

Since the All-Star break, the offense has been particularly bad.