The Philadelphia Phillies have made a coaching change.

They fired John Mallee as hitting coach and hired Charlie Manuel in his place.

Manuel, 75, last managed the Phillies in 2013. He led the club to the 2008 World Series title.

"The reason we did this today is because we have 44 more game remaining and we're two games out of the playoffs," general manager Matt Klentak said. "I know a lot of people are burying us, saying we have no chance and we haven't played well.

"Part of that is correct. We have not played well. We have not hit well, especially since the All-Star break. But we are not buried and we are not out. It makes sense to try something different rather than continuing to do the same thing."