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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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August 8, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 13, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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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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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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February 27, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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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March 21, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 14, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Larry Bowa was the manager of the Phillies in the top of the 21st century when performance-enhanced home runs were flying out of major-league parks at a record pace. Bowa wondered at the time why his team did not have more sluggers. The Phillies finished 12th out of 16 teams in the National League with 169 home runs in his first year as manager. Fast-forward eight years and you can hear Bowa talking about home runs again. This time, when he was the third-base coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bowa's team was the victim of all that power the Phillies wielded on their way to consecutive World Series appearances.
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July 9, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Who's on first? That's a question Phillies fans have rarely had to ask since Ryan Howard arrived in the middle of the 2005 season and blasted his way to the National League rookie of the year award. Sure, there was that time at the start of the 2012 season when Howard was sidelined by a leg infection after undergoing offseason surgery to repair the torn Achilles tendon that brought the 2011 season to a crumbling conclusion. Charlie Manuel tried to temporarily replace the Big Piece with Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix, John Mayberry, and Jim Thome, but all were fruitless attempts.
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July 6, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
THE GAME LOG indicates that Rhys Hoskins homered on May 8. It was a solo shot in a Fightin Phils' loss to Portland that was seemingly just a routine moment in a minor league game that not a lot of people will ever think of again. But for Hoskins, an emerging power-hitter at Double A Reading, May 8 was special because it was Mother's Day. While most young men his age send text messages or maybe even flowers to their mothers, he can only send thoughts. "Spent Mother's Day the only way I know how!
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June 25, 2016 | By Will Snow, STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame announced its new members Thursday, and former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and retired Eagles safety Brian Dawkins highlight the list of 15 individuals and one team. Nine sports were represented on the list that included the 1966-67 76ers, and bowling made the cut for the first time. Sylvia Wene Martin was the first female bowler to roll three perfect games in sanctioned competitions. She is already in both the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the Women's International Bowling Hall of Fame.
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June 24, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
RHAWN SHORT was named for a street in Northeast Philadelphia. His father, the late Chris Short, was one of the best pitchers of his era, a two-time All-Star who played for the Phillies from 1959 to 1972. Rhawn appeared at the City Avenue Hilton on Thursday to acknowledge his father's inclusion as a member of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame's class of 2016. "To be here today is a great honor, an honor I wish my father could be here to experience with me," Short said. Chris Short, a lefthander who finished his career with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973, was 135-132 overall with a 3.43 ERA. He was 20-10 in 1966 and won 17 or more games in a season four times.
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June 10, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THE REALITY of rebuilding a Major League Baseball organization is that even the most meticulous of front offices needs to run into a considerable amount of good fortune. Take the Cubs, for example. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer deserve plenty of credit for the turnaround they've orchestrated. Yet for all of the shrewdness they displayed in acquiring Jake Arrieta, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell, it was plain dumb luck that they were able to add a hitter such as Kris Bryant to the mix. Some years, there is a Bryant available at No. 2 overall.
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June 8, 2016 | By Emily Babay and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
Police and Phillies officials were trying Monday to identify the fan who tossed a beer bottle toward Ryan Howard after the slugger grounded out to end Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia police described the incident as a disorderly conduct case, and said the person who threw the aluminum Bud Light Lime bottle toward the Phillies first baseman was a white man between the ages of 30 and 35 with a medium build and reddish-brown hair. The man was wearing a blue Phillies hat with a red brim, a gray Phillies shirt with red lettering, and faded red shorts, police said.
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June 8, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
For months, the Phillies have scoured the country for amateur talent. When they select first overall in Thursday night's Major League Baseball draft, almost 20 Phillies scouts and executives will have seen the player they pick. The team organized workouts at Citizens Bank Park for 25 players. They have not spared resources on what is an important draft for the franchise's future. Johnny Almaraz, the Phillies' scouting director, said no decision has been made on which player they will take with the first pick.
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February 29, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A month ago, 21 amateur scouts, four scouting supervisors, and two coordinators went to Citizens Bank Park for a meeting before the busy season started. The scouts presented Johnny Almaraz, the Phillies' scouting director, with lists of the top 15 draft prospects from their coverage areas. The preparation for this summer's draft, to be held in three months, carries a higher importance than normal. The Phillies will pick first in every round. They have more bonus money to spend than any other club.
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February 24, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If you did not know any better and you had the ability to narrow your peripheral vision to the batting cage inside Bright House Field Monday morning, you could have mistaken the scene that unfolded as being a flashback to the good old days. There was Ryan Howard at home plate, back at work and taking his first batting-practice swings of spring training. There was Charlie Manuel, arms folded as he perched behind the cage and watched his most treasured slugger. Pan back and you could see the cluster of cameras still focused on the team's highest paid player, the former National League MVP who helped the Phillies win the 2008 World Series.
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