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January 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAST YEAR, two 70-something, lifelong baseball men needed a respite from the unforgiving Florida summer sun. Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and longtime Phillies minor league coach Mike Compton took in a Gulf Coast League game in Tampa. They watched. They waited. They sweated. "It was 12 o'clock, it was about 100 degrees and the humidity was 98 [percent], with no shade," Manuel said. "Compton and I are sitting over there and it seemed like the first five, six innings, it was never going to get over.
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January 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Speaking 35 days from the first player workout in Clearwater, Fla., Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. deemed it "likely" Ryan Howard will still be with the team come spring training. That despite previously stating he told Howard that the Phillies, who are looking to get younger and rebuild, would be better off without the embattled first baseman. "There's always awkwardness when we're making transitions, I think," Amaro said Friday before the annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet.
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November 21, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
RYAN HOWARD turned 35 yesterday. These should be the best years of his life. In 2010, Howard was almost as big as Jared, his Subway co-star. With Donovan McNabb out of Philadelphia, Howard was the biggest show in town; the Big Piece, as manager Charlie Manuel called him; the linchpin in a Phillies machine that had potential Hall of Fame players all over its well-heeled roster. No one's heels were as golden as Howard's. In late April 2010, Howard signed a 5-year, $125 million extension that would keep him in Philadelphia through 2017.
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November 13, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
PHOENIX - Maikel Franco is off to a great start with his winter league team in the Dominican Republic, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made it clear that he will need to do a lot more than that to earn a spot on the Phillies' opening-day roster. "It's important for us for him to play well," Amaro said Wednesday at the general managers meetings. "It's important for him to play the kind of baseball we need him to play to give himself a chance to be on our club next year. He's no slam dunk to make our club.
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September 30, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
THE FIRST MAN to exit did so on a late July night. One could argue he was the same batting coach who helped give the Phillies the most successful offensive period they'd ever had: the most runs in the National League in 2006 and 2007. A World Series title in 2008. But on July 22, 2010, after an offseason in which they traded for Roy Halladay and traded away Cliff Lee and signed Danys Baez to a 2-year deal, the Phillies were a mere three games over .500 while averaging 4.6 runs per game.
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September 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - When the Phillies summoned Kyle Kendrick from double-A Reading to replace Freddy Garcia in the rotation, the 22-year-old rookie was a stopgap and nothing more. That was 2007. Kendrick wore Curt Schilling's No. 38. "Kid" is how Charlie Manuel addressed him. "He actually did a little better than I probably thought he would," Manuel, then the manager, said after Kendrick's debut. "I said I would like five innings, and he gave us six. " For the next seven years, up until Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Marlins, the expectations were minimized.
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August 13, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
You name a racehorse after a living person, you want it to be a nice horse. Name it after somebody a lot of people know, that ups the ante. Name the horse Charlie Manuel? "I didn't sleep last night," Carol Zacney said Sunday, a few minutes before Charlie Manuel raced for the first time at Parx Racing in Bensalem. Call it racing luck that Charlie Manuel the horse was in the gate for his debut on the same weekend Charlie Manuel the man was honored with a place on the Phillies Wall of Fame.
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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 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charlie Manuel descended a temporary staircase installed at center field inside Citizens Bank Park, and the man fired by the Phillies less than a year ago owned the building one more time. This was vindication. He shook the hands of executives who oversaw his demise. He greeted the players who ultimately failed him. He smiled at fans who once labeled him a West Virginia hick. They chanted his name. Charlie! Charlie! Charlie! They laughed when he spoke for six minutes while a baseball game was delayed 45 minutes to honor him. They waved at him as he circled the field for five minutes in a white Toyota convertible.
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