Charlie Manuel, 75, returns to Philadelphia Phillies' bench as hitting coach

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

The Phillies are turning to their most successful manager in club history to help save their season.

The timing was merely coincidence, but former Cubs hitting coach John Mallee has been relieved of those same duties with the Phillies just as the Cubs come to town. He takes over for John Mallee, who was sacked on Tuesday. The Phillies were one-hit and three-hit on their recent 2-5 trip out west and they've struggled mightily with runners in scoring position in recent weeks. Notably, Rhys Hoskins is hitting.186 since the All-Star Break.

Manuel compiled a 780-636 record in nine seasons as Philadelphia's skipper from 2005-13, capturing two pennants and the 2008 World Series championship.

Manuel has served as a special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak, minor league instructor, and scout for the organization.

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NBC Philly's Jim Salisbury reported more staff changes are still being discussed.

Philadelphia has had three managers (Ryne Sandberg, Pete Mackanin, Gabe Kapler) since firing Manuel. The Phillies are 140-140 under Kapler, who is in his second season.

The Phillies are 60-58 for ninth in the NL, going 3-7 in their last 10 games.

The Phillies' offense has been less-than-stellar in 2019, as it ranks 19th in runs, 24th in batting average and 22nd in OPS, so they are hoping Manuel can come in and help sort things out at the plate. Expectations were huge coming into the season but the results have brought mostly underachievement.

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