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December 31, 2008
Charlie Manuel hates finishing second, as he did in the Manager of the Year voting - to Lou Piniella, whose Cubs won five more games but spent $20 million more than Manuel's Phils. He won't mind finishing second in this race. Especially not to Brad Lidge, the closer whose perfection meant validation for Manuel, so often ridiculed, so seldom appreciated, and now, forever, a Winner. Manuel believes in roles for his bullpen, and he stuck to his formula. Manuel believes in winning with power, especialy in a park where even minimal power is magnified.
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November 2, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
As a hitting instructor, Charlie Manuel helped the Cleveland Indians score more runs than any other team in the last half-century. Now the club wants him to be the manager who brings Cleveland its first World Series title since 1948. The Indians hired Manuel as manager yesterday, ending a search that took general manager John Hart outside the organization but wound up back at the Indians' dugout. Manuel has never managed in the major leagues but is a favorite amomg players in Cleveland and has worked for the last six years as the Indians' hitting instructor.
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October 25, 2009 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Charlie Manuel isn't as brainy as Steve Jobs, as brash as Donald Trump, or as bizarre as Ted Turner. He doesn't do pie charts, power lunches, or peer appraisals. And the last time we saw him in a suit, that gaudy pin-striped number he wore to the 2008 victory parade, he looked more upstart mobster than upper management. But don't let the Phillies manager's down-home demeanor and syntactical struggles fool you. While his Citizens Bank Park office might not have a Wharton diploma on its walls or any of Tom Peters' books on its shelves, he possesses the leadership savvy and skills of the chief executive officer of a Fortune 500 company.
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June 13, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeff Trout tries never to miss a Los Angeles Angels game since his son, Mike, is a fixture in the outfield. And Jeff Trout enjoys seeing his old manager, Charlie Manuel, guide the Phillies, a team the elder Trout has been following his entire life. Jeff Trout is a former minor-leaguer who reached as high as double A. After finishing second in the nation in batting at Delaware in 1983, he was drafted in the fifth round by the Minnesota Twins. He began his pro career with the single-A Wisconsin Rapids, where his manager was Manuel.
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August 23, 2013
Charlie Manuel's accent is not a Philly accent. One of the skipper's stars recently summed up the city's initial assessment of his Southern inflections, stammering delivery, and carefree approach to grammar. "You hear his country accent, and you think he's a little bit slow," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said last week. "But he's sharp as a tack. " Manuel, the third of 11 children of a Pentecostal minister, may have shown up in Philadelphia eight years ago seeming like a bumpkin from Buena Vista, Va. But he became one of the great Phillies managers, leading the team to five division titles, two pennants, and a World Championship.
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January 29, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The banquet season is almost over for Charlie Manuel, who yearns for something other than hefty dinners and handshakes. He wistfully spoke Monday about new batting cages installed in Clearwater, then said there are many "ifs" on his roster from the lineup to the defense and the pitching. "I'm excited about our bullpen," Manuel said before the 109th Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's banquet at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. So there is that, with two weeks until Phillies spring training opens.
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May 16, 2011
ATLANTA - Once upon a time, Jim Thome was the Phillies starting first baseman. He appeared to be cemented into that spot for the foreseeable future because of his production and the fact that he was a great teammate. Oh, yeah, and because he was guaranteed a lot of money for a lot of years. Then he got hurt, Ryan Howard got his chance and Thome was traded. Jayson Werth was almost an afterthought when he first came to the Phillies. He played well enough to convince the Phillies to platoon him with Geoff Jenkins going into the 2008 season.
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April 1, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ninety-four times last season, Charlie Manuel changed the batting order of his lineup. Injuries, ineffectiveness, and indecision prompted a new combination regularly. Yet his starting eight was arranged in exactly the same way for Game 1 as it was in Game 162. For how long this newest Manuel lineup lasts remains to be seen. It could be one day; Houston throws Wandy Rodriguez, a lefthander, on Saturday. But without Chase Utley and Jayson Werth to bookend Ryan Howard, Manuel will go against one of his hard-lined principles.
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October 19, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - The trio responsible for transcribing Charlie Manuel's Monday afternoon news conference, a task that for them must be the equivalent of graduate school, were moving as doggedly as Roy Oswalt through a stop sign. With an off-day in the National League Championship Series now tied at one game apiece, the Phillies' manager was in an expansive mood during an entertaining session with a few dozen sportswriters in a basement conference room at AT&T Park. Maybe it was the relief produced by his team's Game 2 victory over the Giants on Sunday night.
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April 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' weekend sweep of the Miami Marlins had a lot of sponsors, with the old double-play combination of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley contributing late-game, long-ball donations to the final two victories. It was enough to make you flash back to the glory days at Citizens Bank Park when it was filled to the brim and the runs and wins just kept on coming. What a lot of people forget about the greatest of those days is how big of a role the bullpen played when the franchise won its second World Series.
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April 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryan Howard attempted to explain the sensation, the one that manifested itself months after surgery. His soreness was eliminated. His strength was improved. Still, subconscious trauma festered. "So," Howard said, "there were times mentally where you feel one little twinge. 'Aww, is it about to happen again?' You have to compensate. " Saturday marked 28 months since Howard underwent extensive surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon. A few weeks ago, Howard agreed to speak about it because that was the past.
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April 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Every Phillies position player can say he has started a game this season after backup catcher Wil Nieves appeared Saturday in Ryne Sandberg's fifth different lineup in five games. It is clear, less than a week into Sandberg's first full season as manager, that his approach will greatly differ from the previous regime's. Carlos Ruiz had reached base seven times in his previous 10 plate appearances but sat in favor of Nieves. Third baseman Cody Asche scored four runs on opening day, then was relegated to the bench in the second game.
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April 5, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CHICAGO - There are only 30 big-league managing jobs, and everybody agrees that Ryne Sandberg paid his dues and then some to get one. Right around the time he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a tribute to his playing career with the Chicago Cubs, Sandberg decided he wanted back in as a big-league manager, and he was more than willing to take all the long bus rides and climb through each rung of the minor leagues to do it. ...
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March 29, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It was probably when the little blue squares of spray paint appeared on the inside corners of the bases at the Carpenter Complex that the Phillies fully realized Ryne Sandberg wasn't going to just talk about stressing the fundamentals of baseball. This guy was going to actually do it, if you can imagine that. Sandberg played in the major leagues long enough to know how some players at that level would react to being schooled on the proper way to run the bases. And he knew how much they would enjoy the tedium of the situational drills and full infield drills that were regular features of his first spring training camp as manager.
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March 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Papelbon's uneven performance last season as closer with the Phillies came down to one simple fact - he is not a very good loser. While Papelbon pitched last season with a hip injury that no doubt didn't help his cause, a second straight season of non-contention wrecked his psyche more than anything else. When he reported for his third Phillies spring training, he vowed to be a more positive influence, and so far he has been, although none of the games has been for keeps.
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March 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was calm, cool, and composed. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. couldn't have been more livid. Both were responding to an ESPN.com report claiming that some Phillies officials want Rollins to be a better leader through his work habits. Some in the organization want to trade him if he does not improve, the website said. After morning batting practice before Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Rollins said he had heard about the report.
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March 17, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On March 7, the Phillies rode a bus 55 miles from here to Sarasota for a spring-training game against the Baltimore Orioles. They did not so much play baseball that day as they committed it. They struck out eight times. They were charged with two fielding errors and probably should have been charged with more. Their pitchers allowed 16 hits and walked six batters. They lost, 15-4. A circus calliope would have provided an appropriate soundtrack. A team often chalks up such messy performances to the easygoing nature of spring training, especially a team with as many experienced players as the Phillies have.
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March 15, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - So Ryne Sandberg, in his first spring training as the Phillies' manager, has homed in on Jimmy Rollins as his first target to send a message. Sandberg held Rollins out of the starting lineup Thursday for the Phillies' 6-2 victory over the Yankees, the third consecutive game he had the shortstop watching from the dugout. The manager spent 10 minutes after the game denying that there was anything punitive about his benching Rollins, that he wanted to give a player with just 15 at-bats this spring "a break," but it sure was hard to interpret it as anything else.
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February 25, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard calls him "Happy. " It's a perfect nickname, because Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere seems to have a perpetual smile. Only two things wiped it away last year. The first was his horrific start to the season, and the second was a premature end to the season caused by a fractured right ankle that required major surgery just before the all-star break. Revere's injury isn't typically high on the long list of reasons why the 2013 Phillies season spiraled into a monstrous free fall that dropped them to fourth in the National League East, but when you look at the facts, it probably should be. Hoping he would fill the hole left by the departure of centerfielder Shane Victorino at the 2012 trade deadline, Revere instead became the hole at the top of the batting order through the first month of the season.
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