Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Phillies Dismiss John Mallee as Hitting Coach Prior to Cubs Series

Phillies Dismiss John Mallee as Hitting Coach Prior to Cubs Series

So the team made a move Tuesday to shake things up in the hopes of sparking a late-season run.

The team announced on Tuesday that Charlie Manuel would return to the franchise as the hitting coach, relieving John Mallee of his duties.

Manuel, 75, led the team to the 2008 World Series title, two National League pennants and five consecutive NL East titles.

Manuel has served as a special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak, minor league instructor, and scout for the organization. Manager Gabe Kapler, who is under contract through next season, appears safe, though he will come under review after the season.

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At the moment, Philadelphia owns a record of 60-58 and is three losses behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot.

2019 was Mallee's second year as hitting coach, and despite adding Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura, among others, this past offseason, the Phillies have the 19th ranked offense in the sport. Expectations were huge coming into the season but the results have brought mostly underachievement.

Prior to joining the Phillies organization, Manuel was a decorated hitting coach with the Cleveland Indians before becoming a manager with that club.

Under Mallee, described as an analytically-based hitting coach, the club has disappointed offensively, posting a.738 OPS this season, which ranks 12th in the National League and 22nd in the majors.

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