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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
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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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 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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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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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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