Charlie Manuel has replaced John Mallee as hitting coach

Charlie Manuel has replaced John Mallee as hitting coach

Charlie Manuel will serve as the team's hitting coach for the remainder of the season, the club announced on Tuesday.

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.

During that time, Manuel posted a record of 780-636, leading Philadelphia to a World Series title in 2008 and another World Series appearance in 2009, losing to the New York Yankees in the latter year. He worked as a scout, a minor-league hitting instructor and most recently an adviser to general manager Matt Klentak.

Jim Salisbury tweets that additional staff changes may be forthcoming. The Phillies are 140-140 under Kapler, who is in his second season.

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The Phillies enter Tuesday night at 60-58 and in fourth place in the NL East. If nothing else, this is a topic that's likely to come up during the broadcasts of the next three games, so now you've got a little more context.

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.

But the Phillies remain just two games back in the National League wild card race. Expectations were huge coming into the season but the results have brought mostly underachievement.

The team now ranks 24th in the majors in batting average (.245), 23rd in home runs (149) and 22nd in slugging percentage (.738).

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