Charlie Manuel named new Phillies hitting coach

Andrew Porter
August 13, 2019 - 11:21 am

Former Phillies World Series championship manager Charlie Manuel will replace John Mallee as the team's hitting coach, the team announced on Tuesday. 

According to NBCSportsPhilly's Jim Salisbury, more changes to the staff could be coming. 

Manuel, 75, managed the Phillies from 2005-2013 going 780-636 and 27-19 in the playoffs, winning a World Series in 2008. 

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After his tenure as manager, Manuel has remained with the Phillies organization as a senior advisor to the general manager. 

Manuel served as the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians from 1988 to 1989 and from 1994 to 1999, before managing the club from 2000-2002. 

Manuel is well liked by all of his former players, including Jimmy Rollins who returned to the Phillies in January as an advisor and part-time television commentator. 

The Phillies have struggled in 2019, recently falling to 60-58 after dropping five of their last six games. Offensively, the Phils are just 24th in MLB with a .245 batting average and 23rd in MLB with 149 homers.