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Phillies, Charlie Manuel making progress towards contract extension

Mar 1, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said a couple weeks back that he doesn’t want to talk about extending his expiring contract if a deal can’t be worked out before Opening Day. As if there was any doubt, we probably won’t have to worry about that deadline.

According to Jim Salisbury of, Manuel’s agent Pat Rooney had an hour-long meeting with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro earlier today.

“It was productive,” Rooney told after the session. “We’re getting closer. There was some give and take. Both sides made some movement, but we’re still a little ways away. They know our position so we’ll keep working on it.”

Rooney added that he left the talks feeling “hopeful” that a deal can be worked out by Opening Day.

Manuel has done just about everything right during his six-season tenure in Philadelphia, so an extension is something of a no-brainer. He has led the Phillies to a 544-428 record (.560) during the regular season, including four straight division titles, two NL pennants and a World Series championship in 2008.

  1. The Baseball Gods - Mar 1, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Charlie is a good baseball man and therefore will be rewarded by the Phillies. The media is making this a much bigger deal than it needs to be. If the Phillies don’t give Uncle Charlie an extension, the Baseball Gods will surely punish the organization. All hail the Baseball Gods.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM

      Pretty full of yourself, aren’t you, Narcissus? Praising yourself like that…sheesh….

      • The Baseball Gods - Mar 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        “We” are the deciding factor in all baseball related circumstances. “We” do not praise ourselves, but ask that others believe in “Our” powers. Those who wish not to believe in “Us” risk the plight of damnation in the Holy Baseball Universe.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 2, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        Just for clarification purposes, the Holy Baseball Universe is different from the other so-called “Universe,” right?

        And what are the gods’ feelings on unwritten rules?

  2. therealmccoy25 - Mar 2, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    For the love of God…just pay this man! First of all, he is the PERFECT manager for this team….secondly, all he has done since he got here is WIN! He deserves to be paid as a top 5 manager! Come on RAJ…you had no problem giving Howard 125 mil (not complaining)…you had no problem signing cliff lee, the best available starter on the market (still not complaining)…..toss chuck a 3 year deal at 4 million per…and let’s get ready for opening day!!!! Let’s go Phils! We can win 105-110 games in our sleep!

  3. mercyflush - Mar 2, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Charlie has managed this team for six years, and in that time they’ve never had a losing season, and in fact have never finished less than 2nd in the division. in the past 4 years no team in MLB has won more regular season OR playoff games. He’s got 4 straight division titles (possiblly 5 straight this season). And it’s only the last couple that their payroll has skyrocketed. When they won in 2008 they were I think 10th or 11th in payroll at 98million. He’s considered a bumpkin by many, but really, what more could anyone ask for from their manager?

    I think I read that he’s looking for a 2 year @ 4 mil per extension, and then he’ll retire. I’m guessing that’s why they brought Sandberg in to manage the AAA team, he’ll be the heir apparent.

    The extension should get done no problem.

    • jwbiii - Mar 2, 2011 at 2:11 PM

      Nah. The Cubs will pick up Ivan DeJesus, Jr. in the Rule 5 draft and then trade for Sandberg. No need for the aging overpaid shortstop this time, though.

  4. Jonny 5 - Mar 2, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    It’ll get done. Amaro knows everyone in Philly is in love with Charlie. This relationship can’t end in anything but Charlie Manuel retiring on his own terms in a couple of years. Anything else would be uncivilized. He’s got a couple good years left in the tank.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      No worries here—Chuck’s getting paid.

      Now, I just want a line-by-line transcription of the proceedings and contract, as translated into Chollegalese by Craig.

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