Charlie Manuel has replaced John Mallee as hitting coach

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

Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has returned to the club as hitting coach, the team 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.

With 44 games remaining in what so far has been an underwhelming season, the Phillies hope that Manuel can spark an offense that has been wildly inconsistent all season.

Manuel won 780 games while leading the Phillies to back-to-back National League pennants and five consecutive National League East titles.

Of course, Manuel is most known for his tenure as manager of the Phillies, as he managed the club from 2005 through August 2013 before being fired.

Jim Salisbury of NBCS Philadelphia hinted at a major coaching change coming to the Phillies after a 2-5 west coast trip. Manager Gabe Kapler, who is under contract through next season, appears safe, though he will come under review after the season. They are two games out of the second NL wild-card spot. He made his bones in the bigs, however, as a hitting coach, serving in that role for the Cleveland Indians from 1988 to 1989 and again from 1994 to 1999.

Since the All-Star break, the Phillies rank last in the National League in batting average (.240), RBIs (109) and extra-base hits (82), and the team's.705 OPS ranks ahead of only the Marlins during that span.

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