February 27, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When a team has success - for example, winning a World Series and getting to another one - the players command a certain kind of respect, even from their manager. We're talking about the Phillies, of course, and the way manager Charlie Manuel handled the lineup over the last six years. For all the talk and debate about Jimmy Rollins' hitting leadoff and Ryan Howard's struggles with lefthanders, Manuel generally turned in pretty much the same lineup card almost every day. He was managing a team that went to the World Series two years in a row and reached the postseason five years in a row. He is not managing that team now. Manuel is managing a team that went .500 last year.
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.
February 21, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Spring is a great time to scout hitters and pitchers, but it is also a great time to scout Charlie Manuel, especially when it comes to the topics that might prompt a blowup or two from him during the regular season. We've already detailed one such topic, his contract situation. On Tuesday, the Phillies manager revealed another when he reacted testily to a question about whether Jimmy Rollins was still his leadoff hitter. It's a query that Manuel has fielded numerous times since December, when his front office acquired speedy centerfielder Ben Revere from the Twins.
August 26, 2010 |
As soon as Ryan Howard was ejected in the 14th inning late Tuesday night, Roy Oswalt stood up in the dugout and sprinted to the clubhouse. He put his spikes on, grabbed a first-baseman's glove, and ran back through the tunnel. Jayson Werth saw the grinning Oswalt emerge and stopped the pitcher. "No, no, you're not playing first," Werth said. After Howard was restrained by Placido Polanco and second-base umpire Sam Holbrook, manager Charlie Manuel stood on the field, seeking an explanation, and only began to contemplate what would happen next.
April 19, 2013 |
Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel is the favorite to be the first manager fired this season, according to online sportsbook Bovada . Although Manuel was beloved during the Phillies run of five straight division titles, topped by the World Series win in 2008, he's now 69, in the last year of his contract, and the team's off to another slow start, falling to 6-9 after getting swept by the Cincinnati Reds. This morning, sports yakker Angelo Cataldi led a call for Manuel's ouster, saying, "We would really love it to happen," promoting a poll and getting lots of agreement from callers.
December 6, 2012 |
NASHVILLE - The last time Charlie Manuel arrived at spring training on the final year of a contract, his agent, Pat Rooney, negotiated a two-year extension with the Phillies. The final year of that extension is 2013, but there is zero indication the Phillies are interested in negotiating another extension with the most successful manager in franchise history. Manuel turns 69 next month, and this will be his ninth season as manager. Many believe the Phillies promoted Manuel's successor when Ryne Sandberg was added to the coaching staff after last season, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. denied that was the case in October.
July 10, 2012 |
CHARLIE MANUEL lives his life large. He's a big guy, with a big smile, and a big voice. At noontime Sunday, Charlie Manuel wasn't sitting big. He looked a little stunned. A little beaten. Chastened. His boss, team president David Montgomery, met with Manuel for more than an hour before Sunday's first-half finale. Afterward, Manuel took a stroll through the clubhouse, stopped for a bathroom break, then sat down behind the desk he hopes will continue to be his. "We just talked about the team and things," Manuel explained to the Daily News.
March 29, 2013 |
When the two men sat in a cafeteria at Bright House Field two springs ago, there was no acrimony. Ruben Amaro Jr. unveiled a three-year extension for Charlie Manuel, a contract that would make him one of the highest-paid managers in baseball. "More than likely," Manuel said then, "I'll stay around as long as they'll have me. " When a disappointing 81-81 season ended last October, the two men faced a row of cameras in the basement of Citizens Bank Park to explain what would change.
February 14, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It starts anew for Charlie Manuel and the Phillies on Wednesday morning when pitchers and catchers go through the first official workout of spring training at the Carpenter Complex. Perhaps this is the beginning of the end for the 69-year-old Manuel and his aging core of players, many of whom are working on the final year of their contracts, just like the manager. Or maybe this is the beginning of something special, which is the word that best describes the most of the Manuel era. Only fools would say they know for sure.