Phillies clarify Manuel's new role
We already knew that Charlie Manuel was returning to the Phillies to serve as a senior advisor, but what exactly that would entail remained up in the air.
Today, the Phillies announced in a press release what Manuel's role in the organization would be.
"Manuel, 70, will work with minor league hitters, scout at the major and minor league levels and serve as a consultant for the baseball operations staff."
“Charlie obviously brings a wealth of knowledge and is someone who had an historic impact on not just our organization, but on all Phillies fans,” said [Ruben] Amaro. “We couldn’t be happier to have him back in the fold with us and sharing his expertise and insight throughout the organization.”
Manuel served as a hitting coach with Cleveland from 1988-89 and 1994-99, during which time he oversaw the offense of iconic hitters such as Manny Ramirez, Eddie Murray, Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton, and Jim Thome. Even as a manager, his expertise lied in offense and hitting mechanics, often passing pitching questions onto former pitching coach Rich Dubee. This is a role in which he could exceed, especially with young hitters in the Phillies' farm system.
Manuel's abilities as a scout have not been as exposed, and the general term of "consultant" probably means his input will be occasionally sought, probably most often about players with whom he has interacted through his other roles.