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 8, 2014 |
CHARLIE MANUEL will get inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame tomorrow evening before running in the first race at Parx Sunday afternoon. The race, in fact, will be the first of Charlie's career. A 3-year-old colt, named for the former Phillies manager, will attempt to honor Charlie by winning his first time out. The horse is owned by Cash is King Stable, three of the five owners (Chuck Zacney, Joe Lerro and Barbara Judge)who oversaw the career of 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex.
August 13, 2014 |
You name a racehorse after a living person, you want it to be a nice horse. Name it after somebody a lot of people know, that ups the ante. Name the horse Charlie Manuel? "I didn't sleep last night," Carol Zacney said Sunday, a few minutes before Charlie Manuel raced for the first time at Parx Racing in Bensalem. Call it racing luck that Charlie Manuel the horse was in the gate for his debut on the same weekend Charlie Manuel the man was honored with a place on the Phillies Wall of Fame.
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.
February 27, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jeff Francoeur leaned against the batting cage on Wednesday morning and stood next to Charlie Manuel as another Phillies player took his swings. The former Phillies manager and his newest pupil talked about Manuel's favorite subject: the art of hitting. Francoeur said one of the main reasons he joined the Phillies for spring training was to have a chance to work with Manuel. The two often spoke when Francoeur played with Atlanta. Manuel reminds Francoeur of Braves manager Bobby Cox. They're both old-school guys, Francoeur said.
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.
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.