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Report: Manuel returning to Phillies as senior advisor

<p>Charlie Manuel will return to Philadelphia Phillies organization as a senior advisor to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., according to a report by CSNPhilly.com.</p>

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Charlie Manuel will return to Philadelphia Phillies organization as a senior advisor to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., according to a report by CSNPhilly.com.

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

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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