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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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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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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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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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June 29, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the Chicago Cubs bypassed Ryne Sandberg for a managerial vacancy immediately after Sandberg had been voted the triple-A Pacific Coast League's manager of the year for that organization in 2010, the back-channel reason given was that the Cubs didn't want to be in the position of having to fire a franchise legend. What general manager Jim Hendry, a protege of former team president Andy MacPhail, didn't explain, however, was why the Cubs were so sure they would have to. Sandberg never got the opportunity to be a franchise legend with the Phillies, the team that drafted him in 1978, but it is where he did get his chance to manage a major-league team, such as it was. That tenure ended Friday, when Sandberg resigned his position 22 months after replacing Charlie Manuel.
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June 28, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
A stoic, old-school manager, Ryne Sandberg showed some emotion Friday in his last day with the Phillies. Sandberg, 55, arrived at Citizens Bank Park at 10 a.m. and then dropped a bombshell on his bosses: He was walking away from this season of endless frustration and consistent losing. Third base coach Pete Mackanin was named the interim manager, the third time he has been in the position. With a 26-48 record entering Friday, the Phillies had the worst mark in Major League Baseball, and the pain from managing a team that last produced a winning season in 2011 was clearly evident.
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June 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FIVE WEEKS AGO, the Phillies began a Memorial Day weekend series in Washington. After taking batting practice at Nationals Park on the first day, they complained about the slow jams - slow, sappy music - their National League East opponents had played through the stadium's speakers during visiting batting practice. So, yesterday, when Washington came to South Philly for the first time since the two teams last met, the Phillies returned the favor. Bluegrass music during Nationals batting practice.
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June 28, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg could see the Phillies' future and he knew it did not include him. Given those circumstances, the manager accused of lacking the communication skills necessary to do his job at the big-league level decided to relay a clear and surprising message to his bosses when he arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Friday at about 10 a.m. The Hall of Fame second baseman took the elevator up to the executive offices and informed general manager Ruben...
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June 19, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
WE'D REACHED the part of the process where we were supposed to ask the manager solemn questions about his future, and Ryne Sandberg seemed to understand that as he sat in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. The Phillies were coming off an embarrassment that had been brewing for months, a 19-3 loss in which a starting pitcher strained a hamstring covering home, a reliever gave up five home runs, a rightfielder threw 48 pitches, and a pitching coach was forced to wave the white towel - literally - because the bullpen phone was off the hook.
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June 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A late March baseball game at Griffin High School, about 40 miles south of Atlanta, attracted a gaggle of scouts. Pike County's Tristin English, a righthanded pitcher bound for Georgia Tech in the fall, was on the mound against Griffin's star, the smooth-swinging Cornelius Randolph. Griffin coach Alex Wyche batted Randolph leadoff, so English, whose fastball reaches the mid-90s, couldn't pitch around him. In each of his first two at-bats, the lefthanded-hitting Randolph scorched heaters to left-center field, the second resulting in a double that plated a run with two outs.
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June 11, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
SOON AFTER he was hired to run the Chicago Cubs in the fall of 2011, Theo Epstein named Dale Sveum to be his manager. As the Brewers' hitting coach, Sveum had a reputation not just for developing young hitters, but for being a tough, no-nonsense type and requiring accountability from those who played for him. The Cubs needed that discipline as their organizational philosophy veered toward perennial restocking and patience, much as the Phillies have...
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June 8, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
DAN HERSHBERG, 31, from Northern Liberties, is a diehard Philly sports fan who landed a job right out of college, creating highlight clips for ESPN's late-night shows. But after two years, he was pining for his hometown. "Bristol, Connecticut, is not a place where you want to spend your 20s," Hershberg said. "I'd get out of work at 2 or 3 a.m. when there's not much opportunity to socialize in Bristol. I hadn't seen a living, breathing woman in a long time. " Hershberg had an epiphany.
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April 30, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
A PRETTY good indication that Ruben Amaro Jr. has made the right move in holding on to Cole Hamels is the number of general managers and personnel executives anonymously bellyaching about him in the national press. Amaro starring in "Little Big League 2" is an easy narrative to peddle, and his colleagues seem happy to play it up, but his culpability for the Phillies' current mess does not mean every decision he makes is a terrible one, and the decision to hang on to Hamels has proved to be the smart play.
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April 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Ryan Howard blooped a single to center field in the final inning of another lost Phillies season late in September, the notion existed that it may have been his final at-bat with the team. But six months later, after a winter in which the club's front office failed to find a taker for the aging slugger and a fraction of the $60 million left on his contract, Howard will find himself back at first base at Citizens Bank Park on Monday afternoon. This season, the first of the Phillies' daunting rebuild, will differ from its immediate predecessors, but not in terms of who bats cleanup.
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