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Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is officially back with the franchise, taking a job as a senior advisor to GM Ruben Amaro, Jr.
Manuel was fired in August after a disappointing 53-67 season record, despite his standing as the winningest skipper in team history. Upon his firing Manuel was extended an offer to work in the front office and it appears he has accepted.
Manuel's new role was confirmed by CSNphilly.com's Jim Salisbury:
Source says Charlie Manuel is back with the Phillies, as @brianstartare said. Manuel will be a senior advisor to the GM.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) January 15, 2014
Manuel left the dugout with exactly 1000 wins as an MLB manager. He also coached the Indians in his 12-year managerial career, with nine of those seasons in Philly. Manuel led the Phils to five consecutive NL East titles and a World Series championship in 2008.
Davey Johnson, the recently retired Nationals manager, will fill a similar role in Washington after retiring in September.