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75-Year-Old Ex-Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel Named Hitting Coach

Looking for a spark to boost their struggling offense, the Philadelphia Phillies are naming former manager Charlie Manuel their hitting coach.

The Phillies announced Tuesday that Manuel will take over after the team relieved John Mallee of his duties.

Under Mallee, Philadelphia's offense has been a disappointment. The group ranks 19th in MLB in runs scored, 23rd in slugging percentage and homers, and tied for 23rd in batting average.

Manuel, 75, has been with the organization since 2003 aside from a five-month hiatus after being fired as manager in 2013.