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Charlie Manuel wants to manage after 2013

Mar 15, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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The promotion of Ryne Sandberg from manager of Phillies Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs to third base coach for the Philadelphia Phillies was seen by many as a precursor for changes to come. Current manager Charlie Manuel, now 69 years old, is in the final year of his contract. Quite a few Phillies could go after the season as well, including Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, Roy Halladay, and Michael Young. With a changing of the guard on the horizon, many think 2013 is Manuel’s last year in Philly, but he isn’t ready to hang up the spikes yet and doesn’t understand why the Phillies have yet to extend his contract.

Via the AP’s Rob Maaddi:

Manuel isn’t one to make demands, but it seems he’s a bit peeved.

“I’m not disappointed in it at all. I don’t know if I get it or not,” Manuel said. “I think they can do whatever they want to do. That’s how I look at it. Actually, when you get right down to it, it doesn’t bother me a whole lot because I have nothing to do with it. If you stop and think about it, I don’t have nothing to do with it. I mean that in a good way.”

Manuel led the Phillies to their second championship in the franchise’s 130-year history and five consecutive NL East titles. He has also set franchise-bests leading his 2011 squad to 102 wins, and surpassing Gene Mauch with the most managerial wins (currently 727) as a Phillie. The Phillies overall have a .561 winning percentage under his stewardship.

  1. southofheaven81 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    The Phillies’ recent problems have nothing to do with Charlie. They need to rebuild their farm system & get some players who aren’t on the verge of qualifying for the AARP. Charlie has done nothing but weave gold for this team.

  2. deep64blue - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    I love Charlie and will always be grateful for 2008 but it’s past time for him to go, get someone more familiar with modern developments in the game.

  3. thesmedman - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    There is a reason why Amaro brought in Sandberg, and clearly, Sandberg was not Cholly’s pick. It’s also interesting that he did not hire a bench coach. That will be a mistake.

    Manuel is good at evaluating and coaching but game day strategy is not his strength.

    It’s probably not going to happen in Philadelphia – remember that inherited him. And with the farm system depleted (because of Amaro), a new emphasis is going to be needed as the team is aging,

  4. timpaz - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Why would he want to manage this band of overpaid has Belen’s

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