Manuel not interested in O’s hitting coach job

The Orioles contacted Charlie Manuel about their hitting coach opening, but the former Indians and Phillies manager wasn’t interested, according to sources.

Manuel, who turns 71 next month, has long had a reputation as a hitting guru. In 1999, when he was hitting coach for the Tribe, Cleveland scored a franchise-record 1,009 runs, the first team since the 1950 Red Sox and just the seventh in history to reach quadruple digits.

The winningest manager in Phillies history, he is now a senior advisor to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. He was originally hired by the Phillies in 2003 as a Major and Minor League hitting instructor.

The Orioles are looking for a replacement for Jim Presley, who was reassigned at the end of last season.

-Paul Hagen

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