Phillies fire hitting coach and World Series legend returns to the dugout

The Philadelphia Phillies fired hitting coach John Mallee on Tuesday

The Philadelphia Phillies fired hitting coach John Mallee on Tuesday

The longtime former manager has been a senior advisor for the organization so far this season, but will return to active coaching after former hitting coach John Mallee was sacked.

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.

Manuel, 75, last managed the Phillies in 2013.

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Manuel, presided over the most successful era in franchise history, as the Phillies won five consecutive National League East titles between 2007 and 2011, including winning the 2008 World Series.

Before that, Manuel helped the Indians to two 90-win seasons and a division title. After that season Manuel took over as the Indians' manager before moving on to Philly. The Phillies enter Tuesday's game ranked ninth in the NL in runs (557), 10th in hits (991) and on-base percentage (.322), 11th in home runs (149) and 12th in slugging percentage (.417). But really, their offense has been bad by every measure.

Under Mallee, the Phillies struggled after the All-Star break, batting.240 with a.705 OPS. With an off day on Monday, the front office and coaching staff likely had an opportunity to think over major changes. 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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