Phillies manager Charlie Manuel most likely to be first manager fired, oddsmaker says

Charlie Manuel adjusts his hat in the eighth inning of a home opening baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, April 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Charlie Manuel adjusts his hat in the eighth inning of a home opening baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, April 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Posted: April 19, 2013

Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel is the favorite to be the first manager fired this season, according to online sportsbook Bovada.

Although Manuel was beloved during the Phillies run of five straight division titles, topped by the World Series win in 2008, he's now 69, in the last year of his contract, and the team's off to another slow start, falling to 6-9 after getting swept by the Cincinnati Reds.

This morning, sports yakker Angelo Cataldi led a call for Manuel's ouster, saying, "We would really love it to happen," promoting a poll and getting lots of agreement from callers.

"It's all Charlie and nothing else," said cohost Rhea Hughes.

(Guest John Brazier, the Phillies' director of fun and games joked that Phillies.com also had a poll, with 89 percent calling for Cataldi's firing. "How'd he get so low?" quipped WIP cohost Keith Jones.)

Here are Bovada's odds on "Who will be the first manager to be fired?"

Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia Phillies, 4/1

Bud Black, San Diego Padres, 9/2

Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota Twins, 5/1

Ron Roenicke, Milwaukee Brewers, 7/1

Joe Girardi, New York Yankees, 15/2

Eric Wedge, Seattle Mariners, 8/1

Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals, 9/1

Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates, 10/1

Terry Collins, New York Mets, 10/1

Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels, 12/1

John Gibbons, Toronto Blue Jays, 20/1


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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