It's Hittin' Season – Charlie Manuel Back With Phillies as Hitting Coach; John Mallee Out

The Phillies on Tuesday made a stunning move, hiring former manager Charlie Manuel as hitting coach and relieving John Mallee of his duties.

Manuel, 75, spent eight-plus seasons as the Phillies' skipper, capturing five N.L. East titles, two N.L. pennants and a World Series in 2008.

He replaces Mallee, who was brought in after being let go by the Cubs in 2017.

The Phillies have been a disappointing offense and have been even worse since the All-Star break, ranking 25th or worse in the majors in runs, batting average, OPS and extra-base hits. Coming off of a 2-5 road trip, it seemed some sort of change was coming.

Could more changes loom?

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