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Phillies try to break out of funk by hiring legendary manager Charlie Manuel as hitting coach

Phillies try to break out of funk by hiring legendary manager Charlie Manuel as hitting coach The Philadelphia Phillies felt the need to do something drastic after plummeting in the standings. In order to stop their slide in the National League East, the Phillies decided to bring back legendary manager Charlie Manuel as a hitting coach, according to’s Todd Zolecki. © Provided by Oath Inc. Charlie Manuel is back with the Phillies. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) The move comes as a surprise considering Manuel hasn’t been a coach or manager in the league since 2013. In that time, however, he’s remained around the game. The 75-year-old Manuel has served as a senior advisor to the general manager the past couple seasons.

Bowa, so old - school that he never talked to Harper until he joined the Phillies , just hated watching The conversation, Bowa said, kept steering back to baseball . Harper told Bowa that he would have When Harper went to the cage, Manuel watched from behind as former Phillies infielder Charlie

Charles Fuqua Manuel , Jr. (born January 4, 1944), is an American baseball coach for the Philadelphia Phillies , and a former professional baseball outfielder and manager in Major League Baseball ( MLB )

It’s like yanking the microphone away from Drake and calling Barry Manilow to the stage.

It’s like leaving your Tesla at the door and driving away in a Ford Escort.

When the Philadelphia Phillies announced Tuesday morning they had fired 50-year-old hitting coach John Mallee and are replacing him with 75-year-old Charlie Manuel, it brought out all of the jokes.

Come on, this can’t be serious, believing a man who was last a major-league hitting coach 20 years ago, suddenly is supposed to be the savior to the Phillies’ season?

Hittin’ season: Phillies pound Cole Hamels, Cubs in Charlie Manuel’s return | Rapid reaction

Hittin’ season: Phillies pound Cole Hamels, Cubs in Charlie Manuel’s return | Rapid reaction Charlie Manuel had been the Phillies’ hitting coach for only a couple hours and already the fans at Citizens Bank Park were chanting his name on Wednesday. The chants began rather loudly in the third inning when J.T. Realmuto’s grand slam gave the Phillies a shocking 10-0 lead over the Cubs, who sent the Phillies’ long-time ace to the mound for his first start in Philadelphia as a visiting player. The Phillies went on to win the game, 11-1. BOX SCORE: PHILLIES 11, CUBS 1 Manuel, the Phillies manager from 2005-2013, had been a special assistant to the general manager before agreeing to replace the fired Mallee.

Harper plays with a ferocity that Philadelphia fans — old school or new school — will like. But what will they like the most? The Phillies were cautious in bringing Howard back . He was sidelined for two months but is now dominating again. He gave up just three hits over 15 scoreless innings while

The 69- year - old Manuel , the winningest manager in club history, was in the final year of his contract Former MLB player Aaron Rowand talks about the Phillies ' decision to part ways with Charlie It's difficult. " Charlie brought out the most in his players. He was a man you could walk up to and he was

Then again, we also laughed when the New York Mets did the same thing back in June, firing pitching coach Dave Eiland and replacing him with 82-year-old Phil Regan?

Six weeks later, we’re watching the Mets play better than any team in baseball, going 21-7 since the All-Star break, yielding a major-league leading 2.89 ERA, and are now just one game out of a wild-card berth.

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So, should anyone really mock the Phillies’ stunning move?

If old-school worked for the Mets, why in the world can’t it work for the Phillies?

Sure, on the surface, it seems rather extreme for a franchise that has indoctrinated the new wave of analytics and fancy spread sheets throughout the organization under GM Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler to suddenly revert to a slide ruler and spray charts under Manuel.

Bryce Harper homers twice, Phillies break out for 11 runs to rout Cubs in Charlie Manuel’s first game as hitting coach

Bryce Harper homers twice, Phillies break out for 11 runs to rout Cubs in Charlie Manuel’s first game as hitting coach J.T. Realmuto stepped on home plate, traded celebratory jabs to the gut with Rhys Hoskins and high-fived his other waiting teammates. And all around them, Citizens Bank Park rocked with a two-syllable chant that surely went straight through your television set and into your living room. "Char-lie! Char-lie!" The place hadn't been so loud since, well, since when? At least since the season's opening weekend when the Phillies, so full of hope and promise, swept three games from the Atlanta Braves. No, this felt even louder. This felt as loud as the days when Charlie Manuel was here in uniform and Cole Hamels stood atop the mound.

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The man managed the Phillies for nine years, winning a World Series championship, two pennants and five division titles, but Manuel’s last game in uniform was six years ago on Wednesday.

Now, he’s being asked to step in with just 44 games left, incorporate his own beliefs and hitting philosophy on a manager young enough to be his grandson.

Well, desperate times call for desperate measures. This is a team sitting in first place with the second-best record in the National League on May 29, averaging 5.1 runs a game. They since have gone 27-36, plummeted to fourth place in the NL East, averaging just 4.4 runs a game.

They rank in the bottom half in nearly every statistical offensive category in the National League.

  • They are ninth in scoring at 4.72 runs a game.
  • Tenth in on-base percentage, .322.
  • Eleventh in homers, 149.
  • Twelfth in slugging percentage, .417.
  • Thirteenth in slugging percentage off fastballs, .442.

They went 2-5 on their last trip to Arizona and San Francisco, getting one-hit one game, three-hit another, and going 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position in another.

Watch: Bryce Harper takes responsibility for Phillies firing coach

Watch: Bryce Harper takes responsibility for Phillies firing coach The Philadelphia Phillies made a drastic move on Tuesday as they battle to remain relevant in the National League playoff race. Philadelphia fired hitting coach John Mallee and replaced him with former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. It was a surprising late-summer move from the organization. In talking about the moves, star Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper decided to place some of the blame on himself. Bryce Harper on the job of fired #Phillies hitting coach John Malee. ⁦@SportsRadioWIP⁩— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) August 13, 2019 Technically, Harper is not wrong. He heads into Tuesday’s action hitting just .250 with a .

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Charlie Manuel on Monday was wearing a full Phillies uniform and back behind the batting cage. "This is my weather," he said. Manuel scouts amateur players leading up to the draft so he has been in town all month and will stay through Thursday’s annual Phillies Phestival, which benefits the

Then again, as we’ve seen this year, coaching changes have had a way of rescuing managers’ jobs.

Remember when manager Davey Martinez looked like he be fired at any moment in Washington, only for the Nats to fire pitching coach Derek Lilliquist on May 2 and promote minor league pitching coordinator Paul Menhart? The Nats have gone 44-24 since May 24, the second-best record in the National League.

The Mets were supposed to fire manager Mickey Callaway in May. And again in June. And July.

Callaway may now be your National League manager of the year if they reach the playoffs.

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OLD SCHOOL: Phillies hire Charlie Manuel as hitting coach

We’ll soon see if Manuel can make the same type of impact.

You don’t spend $330 million on Bryce Harper and another $60 million on Andrew McCutchen, trade for J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura, and bring in Jay Bruce, Corey Dickerson and Brad Miller as reinforcements, and idly sit back.

No one is suggesting this is all Mallee’s fault. He’s not responsible for Harper’s league-leading 137 strikeouts, or why Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-24 without an RBI on the last trip and certainly can’t be blamed for the Phillies’ pitching woes.

Harper homers in 3rd straight game, leads Phillies over Padres

Harper homers in 3rd straight game, leads Phillies over Padres Philadelphia's resurgent offense remained red-hot in an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night. The Phillies had 12 hits, and tied their season-high winning streak at four in a row while pulling even with the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot. BOX SCORE: PHILLIES 8, PADRES 4 Since Charlie Manuel arrived as the team's new hitting coach on Wednesday, the Phillies are batting .337 with eight doubles, seven homers and 25 RBIs. Manuel's presence seems to paying off huge for Harper, as the slugger is 6-for-12 with four homers and 10 RBIs in the last three contests.

Manuel , now age 75 , managed the Phillies for parts of nine seasons from 2005 to 2013, and over that span the It was in the Indians organization that Manuel established himself as an accomplished tutor to hitters. Last year , the Phillies under Mallee ranked 11th in the NL in runs scored and 10th in OPS.

He played in Major League Baseball ( MLB ) in 1969– 75 and in Nippon Professional Baseball as an outfielder in 1976–81. After his playing career, Manuel He became a four-sport star at Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista, playing baseball, football, basketball and track and field, captaining the

Mallee was stunned when informed Tuesday that his services were no longer needed, but if things don’t change, there could be sweeping coaching changes this winter.

So, the Phillies figured why not give Manuel a try. He lives and breathes hitting, anyways. He would rather be standing behind a batting cage than sleeping in his own bed. And he was already being paid as a special assistant.

Maybe old-school ideas will reinvigorate this offense, reminding everyone this is still a game played by human beings, and not on computer screens.

If it works, maybe it’s time to bring back those who were cast aside decades ago.

Come on down, 88-year-old Jack McKeon. You too, Whitey Herzog, 87. There’s a spot for you too, Roger Craig, 89. Tommy Lasorda, 91, you ready?

In this new era dominated by analytically-driven front offices and computer geeks who believe the answers can be found with a stroke on the keyboard, maybe experience once again can be valued in the game.

The old-school hasn’t gone away quite yet, with Manuel now proudly carrying on the legacy.

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