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August 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Charlie Manuel charmed one of the larger 2014 crowds Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, the former manager motioned toward the home dugout. He transferred the honor bestowed upon him to the men who performed for him. "I had quite a few great players," Manuel said before a 2-1 Phillies loss to the Mets in 11 innings. "A lot of them are standing in the dugout. " That, of course, is a subject of frustration for Phillies fans. Many players from the franchise's past success now generate consternation in the twilight of their careers.
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August 11, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg had two chances in his baseball career to earn induction onto the Phillies Wall of Fame, the honor that was bestowed Saturday night on Charlie Manuel, Sandberg's predecessor as manager. Sandberg could have - should have , most would say - gotten in as a Hall of Fame second baseman, a homegrown superstar who didn't say much but let his game expound on his philosophy. Two generations of fans would have marveled that the same template would be repeated at the same position just a few years later as Chase Utley came along and also became capable of leading the league in everything except aimless chatter.
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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 8, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
CONSIDERING the current state of the Phillies, it might be tempting to conclude that the team would be better off had it not fired Charlie Manuel as manager last August. That would be simplistic and probably not accurate. While it is likely the Phillies could not possibly be any worse, it is hard to imagine how Manuel's presence would have made them appreciably better. The franchise was well into its free fall when Manuel was dismissed on Aug. 16, 2013 and replaced by Ryne Sandberg.
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July 25, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ELEVEN MONTHS ago, to the surprise of many at the timing if not at the actual event itself, Charlie Manuel walked out of Citizens Bank Park for the final time with his to-go lunch bag in his hand and his vacated manager's office behind him. Any team in any sport that fails to field a winning product for multiple seasons in a row - the Phillies are well on their way to season No. 3 - will endure changes. Some are subtle, others can shake the very foundation of the franchise. Manuel's departure as manager last August falls under the latter.
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July 18, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
CHARLIE MANUEL, one of two men to manage the Phillies to a World Series championship, will be inducted onto the team's Wall of Fame during Alumni Weekend. Manuel will be honored on Aug. 9, before the Phillies-Mets game. Manuel managed the Phillies from 2005 to '13. He won five NL East Division titles and led the 2008 Phillies to the World Series title, the team's first since 1980. Manuel and the Phillies returned to the World Series in 2009, when they lost to the Yankees. In 9 years as Philies manager, Manuel was 780-636, for a .551 percentage.
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July 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - Marlon Byrd plopped down on a black leather couch in the visitors clubhouse at Miller Park, and Ryan Howard had a question. Howard positioned his hands near his head, pretending to hold a bat, and wondered how soon he should lower his setup before the pitcher throws. This is an experiment for Howard, inspired by Byrd and encouraged by Ryne Sandberg. It is not the first time Howard has adjusted his swing mechanics; former manager Charlie Manuel often implored Howard to stand closer to the plate, a switch that never stuck because Howard felt uncomfortable.
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June 14, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It was a great day for clouds at Citizens Bank Park. In fact, the sun never made an appearance Thursday during the 3 hours and 5 minutes it took the Phillies to finish off a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres with a 7-3 victory that included another game-winning hit from Reid Brignac and a three-run homer by John Mayberry Jr. "It was a game with a lot of rain out there," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I don't think I've ever seen that much rain in three hours of a game, but the guys hung in there and played a good game.
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May 31, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Fingers are pointed when franchises begin to fail. Not my fault. Look at that guy over there. He's the one. He's the reason it's all going bad. Charlie Manuel was the first victim of the Phillies' great fall in August, and with the team continuing to stumble through the first two months of 2014, the call for more front-office carnage has been loud and clear. Fire Ruben Amaro Jr. is the reprise. Customer dissatisfaction has come in many forms, but sagging attendance is the one most likely to get the attention of team president David Montgomery and the ownership partners.
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April 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' weekend sweep of the Miami Marlins had a lot of sponsors, with the old double-play combination of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley contributing late-game, long-ball donations to the final two victories. It was enough to make you flash back to the glory days at Citizens Bank Park when it was filled to the brim and the runs and wins just kept on coming. What a lot of people forget about the greatest of those days is how big of a role the bullpen played when the franchise won its second World Series.
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