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Charlie Manuel wins his 1,000th game

Aug 13, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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He’s not going to get too many more than 1,000. The Phillies only have 44 games left this year and given (a) that his contract is up; and (b) his age, he may not be managing again after 2013.  But kudos to Charlie Manuel for winning his 1000th game.

After the victory he had this to say:

“It’s definitely quite an achievement,” Manuel said. “Like I told my players, they’re the ones that make it happen. They play. The two organizations I’ve been with, they’re the ones that get the players for me. That just goes to show you just how good they are. It’s hard for me to stand there and say I accept all of my accolades because the other people are definitely achieving those for you. That’s kind of how I look at it. I’m sure later on it probably means a lot more to me than right now. We’re still trying to win some games.”

Manuel has 780 wins with the Phillies and 220 with the Indians over the course of a 12-year managerial career. Last season was his first full season as a manager in which is team was under .500. Prior to that he had won at least 85 games in every full season. He’s rarely listed among the game’s best managers, but he has always run a smooth operation with veteran teams who were expected to win.

  1. blantoncollier - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    I guess Mark Shapiro was wrong about good old Charlie! Wonder how Eric Wedge and Manny No-Acta look now that Charlie was won 1000 games.

  2. delsj - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    The Phils were 81-81 last year, not under 500. 2013 will be his first year with a losing record. He won’t be managing the Phils next year, but hopefully he gets another chance to manage next year.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Good catch – and I would add that if he is let go before the season ends, the “full season” thing will remain (he was 39-47 when he was fired in 2002)

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Season’s not over yet, folks. Playoffs are almost certainly a pipe dream—though they were in 2007, also—but he/they still has/have a shot at a non-losing season this year.

  3. largebill - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Charlie is not the smoothest interview. However, interviewing well has more to do with not embarrassing the suit who hired you than with on field success. He has always been great with players. They might not always agree with him, but they trust him to be honest with them. Shaponetti made various mistakes in Cleveland, but forcing out Manuel is one of the worst.

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      I love his interviews. He reminds me of Mr. Anderson from Beavis & Butt-Head.

  4. ndnut - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Manuel and Gardenhire may end up trading jobs.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      No thanks. Sandberg’s right there in the dugout.

      • greymares - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        no thanks, watched Sandberg at lehigh valley after 50 games you’ll want Charlie back

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        Better than Gardy, though.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      No thanks

  5. natstowngreg - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Too many of Cholly’s wins were against the Nats, but much respect and many congrats.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Not recently.

  6. Utley's Hair - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Congratulations to Chuck. It’s been a good run…well, it WAS a good run anyway. Thanks for 2007-11, but especially 2008. You’ll always have a special downhomey place in the hearts of Phans everywhere. Hopefully you’ll prove Craig wrong and win a whole lot more…just not at the expense of the Phightins.

  7. psunick - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Why not open the article with the third sentence? And if you must take a shot like you did in the opening, stick it later on.

    It might have helped to get your facts right, too, about losing seasons.

    And what a back-handed compliment the last sentence is.

    All this, from a guy who constantly routinely criticizes other writers.

  8. tcclark - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    There aren’t too many Charlie Manuel’s in sports today. He sticks by his players and always reminds them that it is a game. In the world of professional sports, the games are often seen as something more than they really are. Charlie does a good job of making sure his players have fun. Pat Gillick was the same way. He just loved baseball and when the two of them were in charge team chemistry was at an all-time high. Since Ruben Amaro has been in charge, the Phillies have become very business oriented. It’s less about the game and more about the money. I hope they find a way to turn this around. Afterall, it’s hitting season.

  9. gabeguterres - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    He’s still the oldest person I want to punch in the face.

    “Volkswagon.” Sheesh.

  10. gomer1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    He’s rarely listed among the game’s best managers, but he has always run a smooth operation with veteran teams who were expected to win.
    The 2007 and 2008 Phillies were veteran teams who were expected to win?

    • tcclark - Aug 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Yeah I seem to remember people laughing when Jimmy Rollins called the Phillies the team to beat in the NL East back in 07

  11. rje853 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Charlie is a good manager And most of all a good man. He can’t hit the ball it’s a shame to see what this team has become, but you can’t blame Charlie blame some of the players that didn’t show up the last couple of years.Thank you Charlie for all the joy you brought to Philly not to mention the World Series Win.

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