Phillies hire Charlie Manuel as their new hitting coach

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

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

According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Phillies are hiring Manuel as their new hitting coach, replacing John Mallee. He takes over for John Mallee, who was sacked on Tuesday. He led the team to a World Series title in 2008.

NBC Philly's Jim Salisbury reported more staff changes are still being discussed. He worked as a scout, a minor-league hitting instructor and most recently an adviser to general manager Matt Klentak.

Philadelphia has had three managers (Ryne Sandberg, Pete Mackanin, Gabe Kapler) since firing Manuel.

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.

2019 was Mallee's second year as hitting coach, and despite adding Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura, among others, this past offseason, the Phillies have the 19th ranked offense in the sport. They are two games out of the second NL wild-card spot. Expectations were huge coming into the season but the results have brought mostly underachievement. 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 Phillies entered Tuesday with a team batting average of.245, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball.

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

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