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Elated Phillies fans react to the return of Charlie Manuel to the Phillies bench

Elated Phillies fans react to the return of Charlie Manuel to the Phillies bench

It's safe to say Charlie Manuel is beloved by the city of Philadelphia. Whether he's a good hitting coach or not remains to be seen.

The Phillies announced on Tuesday that Manuel will replace John Mallee as the team's hitting coach. Mallee was relieved of his duties. Manuel had been serving as a senior advisor to the GM of the Phillies. In addition to managing the Phils to their most recent world championship in 2008, Manuel served as hitting coach of the Cleveland Indians from 1988-89 and 1994-99.

That's a while ago. None the less, Phillies fans are stoked about Uncle Cholly's return. Exclamation points were popular.

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The Big Piece is on board:

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Phillies Talk podcast: Still optimistic about July 4? Thoughts on Roy Halladay

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Phillies Talk podcast: Still optimistic about July 4? Thoughts on Roy Halladay

On the latest Phillies Talk podcast, the guys explored whether an early-July start date could still be achievable for MLB, and their Roy Halladay memories on the 10-year anniversary of his perfect game.

• Is a July 4 start date possible at this point with no resolution in sight?

• Deadlines help, but would a deadline be artificial?

• Challenging the idea that fans would never come back if baseball went away in 2020.

• Benefits and hindrances of extending the season from 82 games to 100-110.

• The opposing perspective from the night Halladay threw his perfect game.

• Doc's legendary 2010 season even aside from that perfecto.

• A preview of the exciting 2008 Phillies playoff re-airs and specials on tap.

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Phillies to pay their minor-leaguers through at least June

Phillies to pay their minor-leaguers through at least June

The Phillies are one of the few teams in pro sports that has committed to all of its full-time employees through the end of the fiscal year (October). 

They've also committed to paying their minor-leaguers through at least the end of June. Minor-leaguers were paid $400 per week in April and May.

Beyond that lies uncertainty. The widespread expectation is that there will be no minor-league season in 2020. That doesn't mean all non-prospects in each organization will be released, but it does mean that teams will employ fewer minor-leaguers throughout the summer.

Hundreds of minor-league players league-wide were released this week. It was a shock to the system because of the circumstances and the sheer number of cuts. Most of these players, however, would have been cut at the end of spring training two months ago. Most are players who faced long odds of making the major leagues. One reported cut, per Jon Heyman, is T.J. Rivera, a 31-year-old infielder the Phils signed to a minor-league deal in December. With veteran utility infielders like Neil Walker, Josh Harrison, Logan Forsythe and Phil Gosselin still in the organization, Rivera was unlikely to make the team.

MLB instituted a roster freeze right around the time camps closed. It didn't forbid releases, but teams took longer to make their moves. A primary reason so many cuts occurred this week is that the MLB draft is June 10 and teams are prepping for those new draftees and signings.

In Los Angeles, David Price himself committed to paying every Dodgers minor-leaguer $1,000 for the month of June. It's an incredible act on Price's part, especially given the fact that he hasn't even yet played a regular-season game with that organization.

The June 10 draft will be only five rounds, which means there will be more than 1,000 fewer kids drafted. Many will go the junior-college route and look to reenter the draft next year. The Phils have had plenty of productive players over the years drafted after the fifth round.

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