Struggling Phillies shake up coaching staff, naming ex-manager Charlie Manuel hitting coach

The Philadelphia Phillies, who have slipped to fourth place in the National League East, shook things up with a coaching change, the club announced on Tuesday.  

In a shocking move, the Phillies fired hitting coach John Mallee and replaced him with 75-year-old, Charlie Manuel, who was the club's manager from 2005-2013.

The move comes in an attempt the Phillies' inconsistent offense, which ranks ninth in the NL in runs scored (557), 12th in batting average (.245) and 12th in OPS (.738). 

In similar move earlier this season, the New York Mets hired 82-year-old Phil Regan to replace Dave Eiland as pitching coach.  

Perhaps this will light a fire under manager Gabe Kapler and the offense. The Phillies were expected to contend this season, especially after adding former MVPs Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen and All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to the lineup.

As manager, Manuel led the club to five consecutive postseasons from 2007-2011 and won a World Series title in 2008. Since 2013, he served as a senior adviser to the Phillies general manager.

First, it was 82-year-old Phil Regan hired as pitching coach with the #Mets and now 75-year-old Charlie Manuel becomes hitting coach for the #Phillies. #oldschool

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