In a nugget buried in a Lou Marson update, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Gelb reports that former manager Charlie Manuel is excepted to return to the Phillies in a front office role “that would involve some minor-league hitting instruction, scouting and public relations”. According to Gelb, general manager Ruben Amaro says the details are still being finalized.
Manuel, now 70, had previously stated desires to manage once more and speculation ran rampant that he would pursue the Nationals and/or Tigers opening. Manuel, of course, won five straight NL East titles with the Phillies from 2007 through 2011, back-to-back pennants in 2008 and 2009, the World Series in 2008, and is the Phillies all-time winningest manager.
Welcome back, Charlie.