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Charlie Manuel is on Twitter and That’s Delightful

Kyle Scott - June 5, 2014

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Last night, Charlie Manuel’s wife, Missy Martin, encouraged her Facebook friends to follow Charlie on Twitter (@CMBaseball41). The account, ostensibly created to promote the Charlie Manuel Baseball Camp, which includes guest instructors Gentlemen Jim Thome and Flash Gordon, reads as though at least some Tweets are penned by Missy or someone other than Charlie (a few use hashtags), but otherwise looks exactly how you would expect Charlie Manuel’s Twitter account to look.

Hittin’:

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Hittin’ season:

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Drink’n:

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Cuz bro’n:

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As if you can’t tell how from those Tweets how loved Charlie is by local media folks, check out the respondents to Martin’s post on Facebook:

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You can follow Charlie (@CMBaseball41). I love how his first athlete follow was Ryan Howard. His second? Shaq.

Charlie Manuel Has Accepted a Role with the Phillies

Kyle Scott - January 15, 2014

99 Problems and his teeth are one

99 Problems and his teeth are one

Guess who’s back? Kinda like guess who sorta like I heard that he’s back, back like again? Tell a friend.

Charlie Manuel.

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Jim Salisbury confirms Brian Startate’s report and adds some detail:

Manuel, who turned 70 earlier this month, will be a senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. He will hold a similar position as Dallas Green. Manuel and Green, of course, are the only managers in club history to win a World Series. Manuel presided over the 2008 club, Green the 1980 club. Manuel won five NL East titles and two NL pennants during his time as Phils manager.

In his new role, Manuel is expected to work with minor-league hitters, evaluate minor-league players and handle scouting assignments during the regular season.

His first advice to Rube should be to fire Rube.

This is not surprising, although it seemed like Charlie wanted to manage again. Instead, he’ll get a much deserved soft landing and will be around the team and the game. Probably the Phillies’ biggest signing of the offseason.

Charlie Manuel Wants to Manage the Tigers

Kyle Scott - October 23, 2013

pic via Facebook page of Charlie's longtime girlfriend, Missy Martin

pic via Facebook page of Charlie’s longtime girlfriend, Missy Martin

I, for one, would love to see Charlie get another managing job. He needs baseball.

From the Sporting News:

Former Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians manager Charlie Manuel told Detroit Sports 105.1 he would be interested in replacing Leyland, who stepped down this week after eight years as the Tigers’ skipper.

“Condition-wise, I feel tremendous,” said Manuel, who turns 70 in January. “I’ve still got the fire. I’ve got a full tank. I’m still very much in the game.”

But I don’t know, man. That hot tub looks prettyyyyy tempting.

Joe Conklin: A Final Conversation Between Charlie Manuel and Sarge

Kyle Scott - August 20, 2013

Charlie is easily one of Conklin’s best voices. Ryne Sandberg will be more difficult to imitate, if only because he sounds like he’s asleep most of the time.

WIP announced yesterday that Manuel will make one final appearance with Glen Macnow and Anthony Gargano at Ponzio’s at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free.

Charlie Manuel, Still Doing (Heartbreaking) Interviews

Kyle Scott - August 19, 2013

Since the Phillies announced Charlie Manuel’s firing on a Friday, 48 hours after it happened, just so, by Monday, news coverage would look like this…

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… here are a few things you may have missed about the canning of the long-time Phillies manager that came with relatively little fanfare:

Charlie’s long-time partner, Missy Martin, posted on Facebook about the standing ovation Charlie received at Maggiano’s on Friday night:

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via (@PHLsportsspace)

She also posted the following, heart-wrenching message to friends:

“With all that is wrong in baseball these days, this lifer, who lost the thing he loved the most today, represents what is right – the passion and the will to go out there every day with the idea of winning. To play the game hard, play it right, make no excuses, and have fun. I want to thank all our friends, family and colleagues who have spoken out so kindly, and with so much love and support today and who recognize what it is about Charlie that makes him a winner. He is in life, as he is in baseball – he gives all he’s got. We’re all better for knowing him. That is the truth. Our warmest regards to all of you!”

Manuel, no longer the Phillies manager, still had commitments.

On Saturday, he attended an autograph signing at the Granite Run Mall (somewhere to which I’m not even sure you could pay me to go) .

On Sunday, he told MLB Network that he wants to manage again:

Washington might be a fit, and Jayson Werth surely wouldn’t be against that.

During that interview, he somewhat blamed Amaro for last year:

“[In 2012], we got Ryan Howard and Chase Utley back, and then we moved Victorino and Pence. And after we moved them, we didn’t replace them.”

And today, Manuel called into WOGL for his weekly (and last) Chattin’ with Charlie segment.

The Phillies have continued to suck.

F This

Kyle Scott - August 16, 2013

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Both Ruben Amaro and Charlie Manuel need (needed) to go. There’s no disputing that. But at this point in the season, with the Phillies 407 games out of a playoff spot and quickly becoming a box score punchline, there was no reason not to let Charlie, at the very least, manage one final game in Philadelphia. Or let him finish the season and have a mini farewell tour.

Or, you know, let him go out with a shred of dignity.

He’s earned the right to do that.

Instead, Manuel and Amaro – the biggest culprit in the Phillies’ demise, who is still employed – met for coffee for a week straight before Amaro, on Wednesday, decided that Manuel would manage his last game with the Phillies that night.

No one was told about it.

Not the players.

Not the fans.

Not the media.

No one other than (most likely) key Phillies personnel.

That’s bullshit.

How do you let that man, Manuel, who will go down as one of if not the most beloved managers in Philly sports history, manage his last game, knowing it’s his last game, without telling anybody? That’s cold. And fucked up.

If you’re going to fire him, fire him. Don’t let him put that uniform on for the last time without being able to share his emotions with anyone. [The only time there was a hint of a quiver in Charlie’s voice during the press conference was when he talked about that very thing.]

Manuel deserved to tip his cap. At least once. If there was going to be a last game, he deserved to have his players and the fans know about it. He earned that right.

But no. The Phillies kept it quiet and let Manuel slip out the proverbial back door aided by a gentle nudge from the heel of Amaro’s overpriced shoe.

Ryne Sandberg was informed of his promotion on Thursday.

The Phillies then waited another day to tell everyone.

They waited until 2:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon during one of the biggest vacation weeks of the year. That’s where news goes to die. That’s where sports talk radio’s grip on public opinion – which undoubtedly will be negative toward the Phillies – gives way to beers, dinner and assorted off-time debauchery.

Why did they wait until 2:30 p.m. on a Friday? They waited so that the backlash of firing their beloved, long-time, World Series-winning, folksy manager would be diluted by a summer’s weekend, and so that reaction to Manuel’s firing would be coupled with news and reactions to Sandberg’s promotion and his performance during a three-game set against the Dodgers.

Sandberg’s introductory press conference was held exactly 15 minutes after a wounded Manuel walked off the podium.

This isn’t about Ryne Sandberg– it’s about Charlie Manuel.

Here’s a little secret: Sometimes when I have a post that I really don’t like or that I’m not real proud of, I’ll do my best to get something – anything – else up on the site so that its impact on the homepage is lessened. It doesn’t go away, but, slowly, it gets buried.

That’s what the Phillies did today. Hey, let’s announce a radical change 48 hours after it happened and then quickly pile more news on top of it. Maybe people will forget by Monday.

Ew. Fuck you.

That’s lame and cowardly from an overly sensitive organization. If there’s one person who deserved a bit of an unconventional exit, it was Manuel, perhaps the only guy in the world who can be believed when he says that he wouldn’t want to get fired and then still be paid the remainder of his contract (he actually said that). The guy who took the blame, as the manager, for much of the team’s performance, while Amaro, the guy responsible for this mess, spread it around to the entire organization.

Even worse is that the team had planned to honor Manuel before the game tonight for his 1,000th win. Was it so important to install Sandberg as manager of this shit team today?  Why not wait until after the game? Or next Monday? Or just do it Wednesday, when the decision was made? If you’re going to let Manuel manage the team once after he’s already been fired, why not let him do it twice?

How do you send a dead man walking out for his last game with only his own thoughts and memories from a lifetime in the game with which to share the moment?

How fucking tone deaf are the Phillies not to see that was a mistake?

The season is shot. Sandberg is going to be the next manager. The Phillies will have a hard time getting a read on him over the next six weeks with this terrible team. His promotion could have waited a day, a week, or until the end of the season. But the Phillies decided otherwise and let a beloved man make his likely exit from the game on a lousy night in Atlanta. Fuck that.

The Phillies Had Planned to Honor Charlie Manuel for His 1,000th Win Tonight

Kyle Scott - August 16, 2013

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Instead they fired him.

This is the official release still on the Phillies’ website.

Report: Phillies to Replace Charlie Manuel as Manager at Press Conference

Kyle Scott - August 16, 2013

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CSN’s Jim Salisbury, easily the most-connected Phillies beat writer, just tweeted the following: Phillies to make manager change, sources say.

It’s unclear whether that change is effective immediately or at the end of the season.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Matt Gelb says Charlie is no longer the Phillies’ manager.

UPDATE 2: Todd Zolecki:

A source said the Phillies front office has discussed possible scenarios for a managerial change in recent weeks, although until recently nothing had been decided. The Phillies front office held a conference call in the afternoon to discuss the change.

Phillies third base Ryne Sandberg is most likely to replace Manuel as an interim manager through the end of the season. He has been the heir apparent to Manuel since he joined the coaching staff in the offseason.

It sounds like this wasn’t a mutual decision.

If he was flat-out fired, without being given the courtesy to do it on his own terms or of having a farewell tour, Ruben Amaro may not want to show his face for a while. He, more than anyone, deserves to not have a job right now.

Both guys needed to go, but Charlie deserved better treatment. People actually like him.

UPDATE 3: Expectedly, Ryne Sandberg will be the Phillies’ manager, says Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.