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Manuel returning to Phillies as senior advisor

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Updated: 1/17 10:40 am

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Charlie Manuel will return to the Philadelphia Phillies organization as a senior advisor to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., the club confirmed Friday.

The Phillies replaced Manuel as manager with Ryne Sandberg last Aug. 16 when the club began the 2013 campaign 53-67 en route to its first losing season since 2002.

In his new role, Manuel will work with minor league hitters, scout at all 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," Amaro said. "We couldn't be happier to have him back in the fold with us and sharing his expertise and insight throughout the organization."

The 70-year-old Manuel had been at the helm since 2005 and departed as the winningest manager in Phillies history with a record of 780-636 over his eight-plus years. He guided the franchise to five straight division titles from 2007 through 2011, as well as the club's second World Series championship after the 2008 campaign.

During the Phillies' National League East reign, they saw their win total increase every year from 89 in 2007 to a franchise-record 102 in 2011.

Manuel owns a lifetime managerial mark of 1,000-826.

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