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Charlie Manuel says goodbye — but it shouldn’t be goodbye forever

Aug 16, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

Scenes from the presser in which Charlie Manuel said goodbye to the Phillies. Manuel comments on his love for the organization and passion for the game of baseball.

He doesn’t sound like a man who is done with the game. His performance is not such that he should be done with the game if he doesn’t want to be. I know it’s not that simple. There have to be job openings and the right fit and it’s harder to find that the older you are in this game.  But even if he doesn’t manage again, teams could do way worse than to give Manuel a job as a hitting coach/bench coach/adviser in the Gene Lamont/Don Zimmer role. His experience and his temperament are such that they would benefit any team.  Especially ones which, as has become the style lately, employ young guys with little or no managerial experience.

  1. tfoz5150 - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    I think he’s staying on in the front office.

    • felser - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Don’t bet the mortage payment on that one…

  2. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Its the best I have seen him in 9 years ! No disrespect intended because I actually like when he stumbled over his words at post game … he never stuttered once today ! Good for you Chuck !

  3. randygnyc - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    The only guy with any class in Philly is now gone.

    I hope he lands in the AL east and goes on to destroy that organization.

    F@ck Amaro

    • randygnyc - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      NL EAST
      Edit function, already!!!!!

      • sumerduckman - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        The Nats need a manager for next year. Since Charlie has experience winning working for an a-hole, he could hire on under another.

  4. rje853 - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Thanks for everything Charlie your a a

  5. jcmeyer10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Goodnight sweet prince. We will see you soon. I hear the sharks are circling on Davey Johnson.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      Sorry, I just wanted to use the phrase, “Goodnight sweet prince”.

  6. rje853 - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Thanks! Your a Class Act Charlie . You made Philly a winner . Good luck & good health.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:50 PM


  7. ochospantalones - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    I hope Charlie gets another job. It’s clear he loves the game and has no desire to retire. What a disgrace firing him mid-season is. Now they need to fire Amaro ASAP. He has already used up his “it was the manager’s fault” excuse, when they still suck next year Amaro needs to go.

  8. misterj167 - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Charlie is and always has been a class act.

  9. mrpinkca - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I’ve never seen the logic in firing a manager at this point in the year. It’s not like they are going to make the postseason with a new manager. In june maybe something happens now there isn’t any time, you might as well just run the clock out.

  10. halohonk - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Arte Moreno DO NOT i repeat DO NOT even think about hiring this good old boy. After the Angels fire their coaching staff, they need a young up and comer not a guy who the game has passed him by. No disrepect Charlie your lovable & won a ring but this veteren team needs a kick in the ass not someone that is not afraid to ruffle their feathers and knows how to manage a game. You see we have our Charlie already in Scioscia. The Angels are the Phillies of the American league. Fire Scioscia but do not hire Charlie. They both should ride off into the sunset both with championships …Thanks for the memories.

    • ewyorksockexchange - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      My guess is that Amaro wants the flexibility to also point to Sandberg as a reason for the club not picking their performance up after the switch. At this point, he’s trying to save himself and himself only, especially with the team completely out of contention for a playoff spot. It also lends credence to Amaro’s statement that Ryne wasn’t brought in to be Charlie’s replacement. If anyone still liked Amaro, this should be the nail in the coffin for that affection.

      • ewyorksockexchange - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        I meant to reply to mrpinkca.

  11. jcmeyer10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Give Amaro credit for bungling even a managerial firing.

  12. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Don’t worry Charlie you wont be the only one to say goodbye, John Gibbons and AA will be joining you soon and if jays ownership had a clue the entire front office and all the scouts would be joining you

  13. crashkobra - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Minnesota welcomes you Mr. Manuel :-)

  14. leftywildcat - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    But why is Ryno only named interim manager? I’m hoping that’s because Dave Montgomery is going to dump RAJ, and that when RAJ’s replacement is named, Ryno loses the word “interim”.

    Goodbye, Charlie, and thanks for the memories. And the championship.

  15. kcrobert10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Yost doesn’t have a contract next yr. Kc is a good young club in need of a real mgr.

  16. Jonny 5 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    You have to love this man. Anything else is just uncivilized.

  17. dolphins4 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    This team should have kept Arbuckle as GM .They screwed up keeping Ruben.

  18. blingslade - Aug 17, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Congrats to Charlie for doing a great job in Philly.

    And yes, Goodbye Forever. sorry.

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