Charlie Manuel named new Phillies hitting coach

Mike DeNardo
August 13, 2019 - 11:57 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio/AP) — The Phillies have hired former manager Charlie Manuel to replace John Mallee as hitting coach.

Manuel was working as senior adviser to the general manager. The Phillies announced Tuesday that he would assume his new position for the remainder of the season.

Manuel led the Phillies to five straight division titles, two NL pennants and the franchise's second World Series championship, in 2008.

His 780 wins as Philadelphia's manager are the most in team history. He was 1,000-826 in nine seasons as manager of the Phillies and three seasons managing the Cleveland Indians.

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The move to replace Mallee with 75-year-old World Series winning-Manuel has received universal approval from fans.  

With the offseason acquisitions of Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto, the Phillies were expected to hit. But it hasn't turned out that way, with the Phils in the bottom half of the league's offensive categories. 

Firing Mallee and moving Manuel back to the dugout was the right move, according to Phillies fan Franny Dougherty.

"I like Charlie. He was a good manager," he said. "Time will tell. They've got to do something. This team is underachieving to the max — I mean, McCutchen getting hurt did hurt, but I didn't think it was going to hurt this much. They've got to step their game up."

Fan Andre Dozier of Center City said he's looking forward to watching games now that fan-favorite Manuel is back.

"Charlie is a good guy. He's like family," he said, "so it's good to have him back."

But no matter how popular the change is, fans wonder if more moves are ahead, if the Phillies don't hit.

The Phillies are fourth in the NL East at 60-58 but only two games out of the second wild-card spot. They are 19th in runs, 24th in batting average (.245) and 23rd in home runs (149).

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.