June 14, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Ryan Howard has been the Phillies' every day cleanup hitter for most of the last half decade. In fact, Charlie Manuel hasn't penciled Howard's name in any spot but fourth in his starting lineup in nearly 5 years. On June 29, 2008, Manuel slotted the righthanded hitting Pat Burrell in the cleanup spot in between lefties Chase Utley and Howard at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. In the 646 games Howard has started since that night in Texas, he has hit fourth in the Phillies lineup.
August 19, 2013 |
A day after his dismissal as Phillies manager, Charlie Manuel was in a comfortable environment - with fellow baseball enthusiasts who were very much in his corner. Manuel was given a standing ovation before signing autographs for more than two hours during a scheduled appearance at the Granite Run Mall in Media. Fans paid anywhere from $50 to $65 per item for Manuel to sign, and he didn't just go through the motions. He told many of the autograph seekers that it was nice to meet them, and he seemed taken aback by the huge turnout and the fans' enthusiastic response.
October 22, 2008 |
2005: How did Phillies fans feel about Charlie Manuel in 2005? Let's go straight to the comments section of the700level.com. First post after a posting about Manuel in May 2005, his first season: "This guy isn't a good coach. He can't even get his fat [butt] out of the dugout to argue calls. he leaves some pitchers in to long [Liber lately] and he seems to take the good pitchers out to early [Myers]. and i don't think i have seen this many philles get picked off first. " Forget the grammar and spelling - it's a message board - that guy captured the mood of the city.
February 13, 2014 |
Charlie Manuel has studied the young woman's face and knows where she got it. She is only 29 years old, but Manuel has seen the same face for more than 50 years, going back to when he met Ted Uhlaender at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., during Manuel's first professional instructional league season. They were alike, the rawboned Appalachian kid and the Midwestern farm boy, and they became best friends on their long trek through the Minnesota Twins minor-league system. Both made it to the majors, the friendship endured and tightened through the decades, and Manuel eventually hired Uhlaender as his first-base coach when he managed the Cleveland Indians.
October 15, 2010 |
If he hadn't dedicated his life to baseball, Charlie Manuel would have made an excellent pro wrestler. Vince McMahon, the WWE patriarch, likes to refer to his employees as sports entertainers. That description fits Manuel perfectly. The man has both charisma and guts. One minute he's making you laugh with homespun witticisms, the next he's challenging ornery radio hosts to "stop by" his office to scrap. Give him a steel chair and a different type of uniform and he'd make Hulk Hogan tap out for sure.
February 15, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - No, Charlie Manuel would not be the first manager to enter a season without a contract extension. But because Manuel has guided four straight National League East division winners and is fourth on the franchise's all-time wins list, it would be odd if Manuel and the Phillies did not reach an agreement. The sides have negotiated since December but to no avail. "Hopefully, something happens in spring training," Manuel said Monday. "My contract, I definitely don't want it to be a distraction for our team because I definitely put my team first.
April 7, 2013 |
After Friday's 13-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals in the Phillies' home opener, righthander Kyle Kendrick voiced his displeasure at being lifted with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth inning. The Phillies led, 4-2, but then Alex Gordon greeted reliever Jeremy Horst with a three-run triple. When Charlie Manuel was asked his opinion about Kendrick's complaint, the Phillies manager had a strong response. "I don't care what he says," Manuel said before Saturday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Royals.
December 12, 2012 |
The call was soon returned Monday and Michael Young was on the other end, speaking to his new manager. Charlie Manuel greeted his third baseman, and as the 68-year-old baseball lifer is wont to do, probably generated a few fresh lineup ideas in his mind. "I could hit Michael Young in quite a few places," Manuel said. Then, the Phillies manager stopped himself. "Really," he said, "I could sit there and go over lineups all I want to. But when it gets down to it, who we have on the corners in the outfield will dictate where our lineup falls.
October 29, 2010
THE PHILLIES won 97 games this year, more than any other team in baseball, and Charlie Manuel won't win manager of the year, because the voters are always looking for who did the most with the least, because it makes for a niftier story. Yo, I'm here to tell you that Charlie Manuel is the best Phillies manager in the last 50 years. Maybe forever! Been here 6 years, in the playoffs the last 4, in the World Series twice. Won it once. His teams are 544-428 in the regular season, a .560 percentage and that is the last decimal point you are going to find in this tribute.
September 21, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The Phillies are running out the infield pop-up now. The baseball is descending, and there is a 99.9 percent chance it will end up being squeezed into a glove that sucks out the final breath of life from a team that has been battling uphill since arriving in spring training. And still the Phillies keep running. That's why Chase Utley played second base instead of third base in the second game of the Phillies' series against the New York Mets on Wednesday night.