It makes sense to not only bring back a familiar but successful face to the clubhouse. The Phillies could use a shakeup. After leading the NL East in mid-June, they’ve now fallen behind the Braves, Nationals, and the red hot Mets. While Philadelphia is eight games back from their former NL East leading glory, they remain only two games behind in the NL Wild Card race. If you’re Gabe Kapler, you’re probably pretty worried right now. So basically you’re putting a manager that won the World Series on the bench to support a manager that nobody trusts. This totally won’t turn into a coup d’éta, no absolutely not.
This is a page straight out of Brodie Van Wagenen’s playbook, firing one of Mickey Callaway’s first hires, pitching coach Dave Eiland. Van Wagenen then brought in Phil Regan, who's already established himself as a valuable part of the Mets minor league pitching and player development. We see how that worked out for them. Matt Klentak is on to you, Brodie.
Manuel’s charisma and reputation as the winningest manager with the Phillies will not only reach the team’s veterans, but certainly excite the younger guys. Can we just take a moment to imagine the banter between Bryce Harper and Manuel? Rhys Hoskins has been hitting .186 since the All-Star Break. Who could turn that around? Perhaps that man who worked on a hitting staff that gave way to three Hall of Fame Sluggers.
Hold on tight Phillies fans, it’s going to be an interesting ride.