Phillies hire Charlie Manuel to replace John Mallee as hitting coach

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

Phillies Dismiss John Mallee as Hitting Coach Prior to Cubs Series

The Phillies have fired hitting coach John Mallee and have replaced him with World Champion manager Charlie Manuel, according to Todd Zolecki.

Mallee being fired underscores that to an extent, though we've seen with the Cubs that parting ways with a coach or four doesn't necessarily signal the manager's departure. So the team made a move Tuesday to shake things up in the hopes of sparking a late-season run. He presided over the best stretch in team history - five division titles, two National League pennants and a World Series title from 2007-2011.

NBC Philly's Jim Salisbury reported more staff changes are still being discussed. It's also worth noting that his new boss - Gabe Kapler - has been nowhere near as successful as a Phillies manager as Manuel was. They led the division by three games at the end of May.

The Phillies spent over $400 million this offseason on free agents, including $330 million on Bryce Harper, and gave up their top pitching prospect in a trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto.

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.

He previously served as hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians from 1988-89 and 1994-99. But really, their offense has been bad by every measure. The Phillies entered Tuesday with a team batting average of.245, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball.

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