Manuel to manage Phils through 2011
Club picks up 2010 option, adds another year to contract
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Congratulations, Charlie. Now let see if you can lead the guys to another World Series Championship by then. I know you can do it, man.
LAS VEGAS — Fresh off winning his first World Series as a big league manager, Charlie Manuel’s contract with the Phillies was extended through the 2011 season, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said on Tuesday as the second day of the Winter Meetings began to wind down.
Manuel was already under contract for the 2009 season, and in the new deal, the Phillies exercised a club option for ’10 and added an additional year in ’11.
“He’s happy, he’s pleased and he’s ready to win games,” Amaro said. “At least that’s what he told me.”
Manuel, 64, was not available to comment because he was sick with the flu on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, he had to cancel his appearance during the sessions that the 30 big league managers conduct with the media over the course of three full days of Meetings.
Manuel’s entering his fifth season as Phillies manager after three with the Indians (2000-02) and has a 354-294 regular-season record in Philadelphia, where his teams have never finished lower than second place in the National League East. He led the team to the playoffs the last two years.
This past October, he became only the second manager in the 126-season history of the Phillies to pilot them to a World Series title when they defeated the Rays in a rain-delayed five-game series. Dallas Green, still a consultant with the club, managed the Phils to their six-game victory over the Royals in the 1980 World Series.
Manuel is not only known for his baseball acumen, but for his even clubhouse temper and steady hand with players. His club was 11-3 during the postseason, including 7-0 at Citizens Bank Park.
“He’s our manager moving forward, and he’s done some great things for our organization,” said Amaro, who replaced Pat Gillick as GM only days after the World Series, following a decade as an assistant. “We’ve talked about it a lot over the last two months; his steadying influence and the way he goes about his business in our clubhouse is one of the keys to our success.
“The players know what to expect from him every single day. In this day and age, it’s important for them to know that they have support of the manager every single day. That’s what it’s all about.”
Manuel finished second in the NL Manager of the Year Award voting, which was compiled before the playoffs.
Last Saturday was “Charlie Manuel Day” in his hometown of Buena Vista, Va. At a banquet that night, the No. 32 Manuel wore at Parry McCluer High School was retired, and a new LED sign, declaring Buena Vista as the “home of Charlie Manuel, the Manager of the World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies,” was unveiled. (H/T Phillies.com)
I think this is one of the few times that I believe that the Phils have actually made a good move as they extends Uncle Charlie’s contract into 2011. Sure, Charlie have made some bad managerial decisions, but he seems to have his players’ confidence, and the fact that they were recently willing to collect money which they then gave to his late mother’s church after her death is more than enough proof of that. Okay, Uncle Charlie, time to use your calmness to lead the team to another pennant and world championship.