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.