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The Phillies will not talk about Charlie Manuel’s future until after the season

Apr 2, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

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We talked yesterday about Davey Johnson being forced out of Washington, perhaps against his will. Same thing seems to be going on with Charlie Manuel in Philly.

Jim Salisbury from quotes Ruben Amaro as being adamant that no discussions about Charlie Manuel’s status beyond 2013 will be had until after the season. Manuel is said to be on board with that approach as well, but Salisbury also says that Manuel wants to manage beyond this year. Waiting in the wings: Ryne Sandberg, the third base coach who is widely viewed as the heir apparent.

If the Phillies struggle this year it’s likely a non-issue as it will be time for a reassessment of the roster. At that point a new face in the dugout makes sense.  But what if the Phillies bounce back? What if they make the playoffs?  Does Charlie get a one year deal? More to the point, if it’s obvious that the Phillies are heading back to the playoffs come August, does Amaro change his stance on in-season negotiating?


  1. greymares - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Charlie was given what he asked for a 2 year extension until he reached the age of 70. now it’s let the cards fall where they may, I Iike Charley but I also don’t want to see Sandberg leave the organization a 2nd time.

  2. natstowngreg - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    “We talked yesterday about Davey Johnson being forced out of Washington, perhaps against his will.”

    Mind you, I don’t like to nit-pick the writing of others (stones and glass houses and all that). However, I couldn’t resist noting that “forced out” usually implies something being done against one’s will.

    As for Cholly. It’s more than a little convenient for Amaro to take the stance that he will address the issue after the season. Considering the potential that the Fightins’ run is coming to an end. As for Cholly being “on board,” one has to wonder just how “on board” he is.

    [Note to Phillies infestation: I didn’t say their run IS coming to an end. But one doesn’t have to be a Nats or Braves fan to see the potential.]

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      I take the Battlestar Galactica view of things: All of this has happened before and will happen again.

  3. Kevin Gillman - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I am so sick of the “Ryne Sandberg is waiting in the wings” talk about being a manager. He was a coach in Chicago for so long with that tab on him, and now he is doing the same thing in Philly. Here is the thing, teams are taking chances on former players being managers. If he was THAT good, he’d be in line to manage those teams. Walt Weiss, Mike Redmond, and Mike Matheny are examples. Only Weiss had spent time as a coach. So either hire Ryne, or don’t, but don’t say he is “next in line to manage” when in fact, he isn’t.

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