While Davey Johnson transitions to a senior advisor role with the Nationals - a position that may or may not bring him to spring training - the Phillies are hoping to retain Charlie Manuel in a similar fashion. The former Phillies skipper was offered a front office job back in October, and now it appears he is close to accepting.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Manuel will likely rejoin the team to help with "minor league hitting instruction, scouting and public relations." Manuel is still going through the details with general manger Ruben Amaro.
Manuel, 69, was fired from the Phillies in August after nine seasons with the club. He led them to a World Series championship in 2008 and never posted a losing record in a full season while in Philly. Including his three years in Cleveland, Manuel left the dugout with 1000 wins as a manager.
The Phillies enjoyed some of their best years with Manuel so it's nice to see the sides join forces once again. Though Manuel's managing days are probably behind him, he can still help the organization. He's the winningest manager in franchise history and can still make an impact on the team as he moves on in the next stage of his life.