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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Charlie Manuel to be inducted to Phillies Wall of Fame

Countdown to ridiculous “Gil Hodges belongs in the Wall of Fame!” movement begins…

Charlie Manuel already owns the Philadelphia Phillies’ record for wins by a manager with 780, but since records are made to be broken, the franchise will immortalize the legendary skipper another way.

The team announced on Tuesday that Manuel will join the ranks of the great Phillies of all time in a pre-game ceremony to be held on August 9, less than one year from the day he was relieved of his duties as manager.

Here’s more from the team’s press release:

  “It is only fitting that Charlie become the newest member of our Wall of Fame,” said Phillies President David Montgomery.  “His contributions to our club, his unparalleled connection with our fans, and his overall passion and love of the game made the decision an easy one.  He has left an indelible mark on Phillies history and he deserves this honor.”

  Manuel spent nine seasons (2005-13) at the helm of the Phillies and went 780-636 (.551), guiding the club to more wins than any other manager in franchise history. From 2007-11, the club won five consecutive National League East Division titles, two NL pennants and a World Series championship. Last August, he became the 59th manager in major league history to notch 1,000 wins. Prior to being named manager for the 2005 season, Manuel spent two years (2003-04) working for the Phillies as a special assistant to then-GM Ed Wade. Manuel was recently named the team’s senior advisor to the general manager.

Repoz Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:25 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:36 PM (#4651633)
That seems like a classy move.

Charlie was probably not the manager for the Phillies on the way down, but he was certainly a huge part of one of the best two Phillies eras in living memory.
   2. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:55 PM (#4651657)
I would think any manager who led his team to a World Series title is in his team's Hall of Fame/Wall of Fame/Random Device of Honor.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: February 04, 2014 at 06:28 PM (#4651684)
Dallas Green and Paul Owens (who was the GM much, much longer than manager anyway) are the only other Phillie managers on the Wall. No Eddie Sawyer or Jim Fregosi. Heck, no Harry Wright, who did as much as anybody to keep the Phillies in Philadelphia during their early history.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 04, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4651737)
If he won more games than any other manager in the team's history, and a World Series, I'd have to think he fully deserves it.
   5. eddieot Posted: February 04, 2014 at 08:19 PM (#4651749)
Awesome news! Well-deserved. Charlie had some shortcomings, as all managers do, but there's no doubt he is a well-respected, decent baseball lifer who deserves to be remembered in Philly. Plus, his acceptance speech will be a can't miss for those of us who stayed up late to watch his always entertaining post-game pressers. I will make every effort to be there that day.
   6. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 04, 2014 at 08:25 PM (#4651754)
Who was the old Phils fan blogger on baseball toaster who used to call him Charlie 'I need a friggin' Manual?
That used to make me laugh every time. I am easily amused.
   7. John Northey Posted: February 05, 2014 at 07:47 AM (#4651879)
Seems a bit early to put someone on your 'wall of fame'. Not even 1 full season since he was fired. The Jays waited awhile before putting Cito Gaston on their 'Level of Excellence' - fired in 1997 with 2 WS titles, put up there in 1999 - had a full season break before doing it. Of course, he came back in 2008 to manage again but not as successfully (580 win percentage his first partial season, then just under 500 after that with an ugly blowup in the middle).

I really think a bit of a wait makes more sense - something like 3 years - otherwise the honour could start losing something. Especially in cases where a guy is fired. When a guy retires you can get away with the quick honour (ala Jays with Tony Fernandez who did it on his final game) but managers who were fired or players who are traded/left via free agency then retire later you should wait a bit.
   8. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 05, 2014 at 07:53 AM (#4651880)
The Phils are going to be so hard up for good news that they'll be pulling out all the marketing stops.

Regardless, great for Charlie. Agree with eddieot in #5.
   9. eddieot Posted: February 05, 2014 at 09:19 AM (#4651897)
I really think a bit of a wait makes more sense - something like 3 years

Because 3 years from now he'll be more deserving? He'll be more excellent? Charlie's 70. Honor the man and let him enjoy the accolades for as long as he can.
   10. Len Lansford, Carney Barker Posted: February 05, 2014 at 11:16 AM (#4651957)
In other news, Eric Wedge is grooming his mustache.
   11. Jeltzandini Posted: February 05, 2014 at 11:41 AM (#4651978)
one of the best two Phillies eras in living memory.


And it's not as if there's a more dominant earlier age lost in the mists of time.
   12. Good cripple hitter Posted: February 05, 2014 at 12:29 PM (#4652005)
Who was the old Phils fan blogger on baseball toaster who used to call him Charlie 'I need a friggin' Manual?


Mike Carminati.

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