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.
August 19, 2013 |
The door was open to Charlie Manuel's office, and the manager was fidgety. The summers blend together now because there were many. But this was three years ago, on a weekday morning at Wrigley Field, during happier days for a man who dedicated his life to baseball. Chances are he beat every one of his players to the ancient ballpark. Baseball needed Charlie Manuel. He wanted to talk to someone. Anyone. Manuel radiated in the hours before a game. He told jokes. He taught hitting. He held small children.
August 22, 2013 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Chace Numata rose from his crouch and approached the mound at FirstEnergy Park. There is little a 21-year-old catcher can say to one of the best pitchers of this generation, yet Numata tried. He patted Roy Halladay on the lower back. Halladay threw eight straight balls in the fourth inning of a dull rehab start with single-A Lakewood. He resembled the drained pitcher seen earlier in 2013, before a surgeon cut into his right shoulder. That was three months ago. Halladay could not command his arsenal.
August 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Mets started a lefthander, Jonathon Niese, so Ryne Sandberg deployed his righthanded-hitting Phillies lineup Tuesday night at Citi Field. Erik Kratz, Michael Young, Darin Ruf, Kevin Frandsen, and John Mayberry Jr. batted in succession. It is possible that none of those players will be starters in 2014. "Balance, for me, is important," said Sandberg, the interim manager. "That means righthanded bats. " Those bats were 2 for 15 in a 5-0 loss to New York. Frandsen, playing out of position at first base, committed an error that led to four unearned runs.
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.
February 19, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A few minutes after saying rookie Domonic Brown is the "first choice" for the right field job Friday, Charlie Manuel wanted to clarify what he said. "I should have been a little more specific," the Phillies manager said. "By 'first choice,' I mean I want to put him out there and play him a lot [in spring training]. He's going to get a lot of at-bats. "That job is up for grabs. " Actually, Manuel did everything he could to dissuade the notion of Brown being the everyday starter in right field for the entire season.