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

Ross Houston
August 14, 2019

The Phillies were one-hit and three-hit on their recent 2-5 trip out west and they've struggled mightily with runners in scoring position in recent weeks.

Manuel, 75, was the Phillies' manager from 2005 until August 2013.

After he stepped down as manager, Manuel served as a special adviser to the general manager.

Pressure continues to mount on Kapler, who is 140-140 through his first year and a half running the team.

NBC Philly's Jim Salisbury reported more staff changes are still being discussed.

The Phillies enter Tuesday night at 60-58 and in fourth place in the NL East.

The Phillies, after going all-in with their $330 million Bryce Harper signing this offseason, are 19th in baseball in runs scored and 22nd in OPS. They are now 60-58 and two games out of the second 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 offense has been particularly bad. Through Sunday they ranked in the bottom half of the National League in nearly every hitting category: ninth in runs; 10th in hits; 11th in home runs; 10th in on-base percentage; 12th in slugging; 12th in weighted on-base average; and 10th in weighted runs created plus (91).

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