Charlie Manuel

Charlie Manuel returns to take over as Phils hitting coach

Charlie Manuel will be back in the Phillies dugout for the rest of the season starting tonight. Manuel, the winningest manager in Phillies history, agreed to take over as the Phillies hitting coach for the rest of the season after John Mallee was dismissed on Tuesday.

The Phillies offense has been dismal, especially of late. They currently rank 24th in the majors with a .245 batting average and are 23rd in home runs with 149 home runs.

Manuel managed the Phillies from 2005-2013, going 780-636 as the team’s manager. In the playoffs, Manuel’s Phillies teams were 27-19 and won the World Series in 2008. Manuel’s first stint as a manager came with the Cleveland Indians where he also served as the team’s hitting coach prior to taking over as manager in 2000.

Many players, including Jim Thome and Jimmy Rollins, have credited Manuel, 75, with improving their approach at the plate. In his Hall of Fame induction speech, Thome credited Manuel, stating “I wouldn’t be here without you.”

Manuel has served as a special adviser to the general manager after being dismissed as the team’s manager.

Jim Salisbury of NBCSports Philadelphia suggested early in the week that the Phillies may make some moves prior to their game against the Cubs tonight. He also hinted that there may be more moves coming on the Phillies coaching staff.

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