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Light-hitting Phillies bring in former skipper Manuel

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have turned to the most successful manager in franchise history to revive their feeble offense.

The Phillies hired Charlie Manuel to replace John Mallee as hitting coach on Tuesday before a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs. Manuel was working as senior adviser to general manager Matt Klentak.

“We have 44 games remaining and we’re two games out of the playoffs,” Klentak said. “We have not hit well but we aren’t buried and we are not out and in my judgment with 44 games remaining, it makes sense to try something different. We are very fortunate we have Charlie Manuel as a colleague who is willing to step in, is excited to do it and feels he can help.”

The 75-year-old Manuel led the Phillies to five straight division titles, two NL pennants and the franchise’s second World Series championship, in 2008. His 780 wins as Philadelphia’s manager are the most in team history.Speech

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