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.
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.
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 18, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Charlie Manuel stood alone Saturday near first base on a back field at the Carpenter Complex. For about 10 minutes, he watched Chase Utley, Darin Ruf, and Michael Young slice balls into a stiff wind. When he had seen enough, Manuel ambled behind the batting cage and to the next field when some fans noticed that familiar gait. "Charlie!" "Hey, Charlie!" "Coach!" Manuel's arms swung at his hips and he flicked his left wrist to acknowledge the greetings.
March 21, 2008 |
Charlie Manuel is the first to admit he's a players' manager. It's the connotation that comes with the label he detests. The term players' manager is not a euphemism for pushover. It doesn't mean the boss is a softie or that the inmates run the asylum. While it's true that Manuel prides himself in always having his players' backs, and that he would sooner share a milkshake with Howard Eskin than upbraid a player in public, he is not so much a players' manager because he (wholeheartedly)
May 4, 2010 |
COME ON, ADMIT IT. When the Phillies hired Charlie Manuel instead of Jim Leyland, you were among those who howled. When he got here and appeared incapable of executing a double switch, you howled even louder. And that Southern accent? Where, you asked, did former general manager Ed Wade get this rube - plowing the North 40? It got personal and Manuel said so. In a story in the Daily News in October 2005, Manuel and his fiancee, Melissa Martin, looked back on their initial summer in the City of Brotherly Love with chagrin over just how very personal it got. "The ridicule is so unfair," Martin said then.
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.