Malloy and Legg Return to Manager Jobs

The Phillies recently announced their minor league coaching staffs for Reading and Lakewood. Both teams will have a returning manager in the dugout with Greg Legg (Reading) and Marty Malloy (Lakewood) both return for a second season with their respective teams, although Legg is in his second stint with Reading.

Legg returns having won a total of 274 games during his four prior seasons (2002-2004 and 2017) as manager of the Fightin Phils. Prior to his return to Reading last season, Legg had a successful tenure with advanced-A Clearwater (2015-2016). Both teams combined had a record of 161-112 (.590%) and made a playoff appearance in 2015. He won Florida State League Manager of the Year in 2015 after leading his team to the best record in the Florida State League.

The 57-year old began his coaching career with Clearwater in 1995 and then with Scranton in 1996. He made his managerial debut in 1997 for Batavia and also managed Martinsville (1998), Batavia (1999) and Piedmont (2000). Legg also managed Lakewood (2001 and 2014) and was their hitting coach from 2008-2013. When Williamsport joined the Phillies organization in 2007, Legg was its first manager. In 2011, he was honored with the John Vukovich Award, presented annually to a coach in the Phillies minor league system.

As a player, Legg was drafted by the Phillies in the 22nd round of the 1982 draft out of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. He played in 238 career games with Reading as an infielder from 1983-1984 and again in 1988. He made it to the major leagues in 1986 and 1987, appearing in three games.

Malloy led the BlueClaws to a 73-66 record in 2017, his first with the Phillies. The BlueClaws fell one game shy of making the playoffs, losing to Kannapolis by percentage points for the first half championship. He spent the three previous seasons as the manager of the Gulf Coast League Astros.

Malloy joins Shawn Williams (2015-16), Mickey Morandini (2013-14), Steve Roadcap (2007-08), PJ Forbes (2003-04), and Greg Legg (2001 and 2014) as managers to lead the BlueClaws across multiple seasons.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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