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.
November 2, 1999 |
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.
October 25, 2009 |
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.
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.
June 13, 2012 |
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.
January 29, 2013 |
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.
April 1, 2011 |
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.
March 21, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In a week, the Phillies will play their final Grapefruit League game, jump on a bus to the team charter plane, and return to Philadelphia. The questions - and there are many - that Charlie Manuel has about his offense will not be answered in a week's time. The manager will often say he is "concerned" about an issue his team faces. He said it again Sunday. What his players and those who interact with Manuel on a daily basis say is best about his style is the ability to avoid overreaction.
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.
October 19, 2010 |
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.