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

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

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

Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has returned to the club as hitting coach, the team announced on Tuesday. He takes over for John Mallee, who was sacked on Tuesday. Notably, Rhys Hoskins is hitting.186 since the All-Star Break.

Manuel, 75, was the Phillies' manager from 2005 until August 2013. He worked as a scout, a minor-league hitting instructor and most recently an adviser to general manager Matt Klentak.

The Phillies have been contemplating changes to the coaching staff for a couple of weeks, and more changes could come. It's also worth noting that his new boss - Gabe Kapler - has been nowhere near as successful as a Phillies manager as Manuel was. The Phillies are 140-140 under Kapler, who is in his second season.

The club has lost five of its last six games to fall to fourth place in the National League East, nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves. If nothing else, this is a topic that's likely to come up during the broadcasts of the next three games, so now you've got a little more context.

At the moment, Philadelphia owns a record of 60-58 and is three losses behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot. Expectations were huge coming into the season but the results have brought mostly underachievement.

As for Mallee, he's served as Phillies hitting coach since the start of the 2018 season. Through Sunday they ranked in the bottom half of the National League in nearly every hitting category: ninth in runs; 10th in hits; 11th in home runs; 10th in on-base percentage; 12th in slugging; 12th in weighted on-base average; and 10th in weighted runs created plus (91). But really, their offense has been bad by every measure.