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Phillies offer Charlie Manuel another job in the organization

Oct 9, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Ruben Amaro, Charlie Manuel AP

Yesterday the Phillies made changes to manager Ryne Sandberg’s coaching staff, including adding Larry Bowa as bench coach and parting ways with assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner, and now they’re trying to bring their old manager back into the fold in some capacity too.

Jim Salisbury of reports that Charlie Manuel, who was fired late in the season and replaced by Sandberg, has been offered “an undisclosed position in the organization.”

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. met with Manuel recently to discuss a possible return, calling it “a real good discussion” and revealing that “we made him an offer.”

Considering his experience and reputation across baseball Manuel no doubt has a bunch of job offers from which to choose and at age 69 it’s also possible that he’ll decide to take some time off or perhaps even call it a career.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    I’ll tell you one thing, that man can walk down the hallway with a sandwich with the best of them!

  2. cabrera24 - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    A guy that simply doesn’t know anything about baseball . If your a true phillies watch and actually watch their games this guy don’t know anything about baseball .

    • ronnmaryc - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      Neither does Amara, but I bet ya dollars to donuts the Manuel knows more baseball in his pinky that amaro does in his entire body.

  3. wingslax35 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    This was mentioned in the press conference when they fired him. Wee bit late.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    including adding Larry Bowa as bench coach and firing assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner

    Minor nitpick, but Wally declined to return, he wasn’t fired. Wally can probably find a gig as a primary hitting coach.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Correct, and not minor at all. The Phillies wanted Joyner to stay:

      Wally Joyner declined an offer to return to the position in 2014. Joyner worked with Henderson in 2013, the first season the Phillies employed two hitting coaches. Joyner drew rave reviews, particularly for clicking immediately with Domonic Brown, who went on to have a breakout, All-Star season.

      “Wally will be a big loss for us unfortunately,” Amaro said. “I think Wally is probably overqualified for that role and showed that with the work he did. At the same time, we think very highly of Steve Henderson.”

      Amaro, who expects Joyner to seek a top hitting coach job, said the former longtime California Angel is also a West Coast guy, and being far from his family was a factor in deciding not to return to the Phillies in 2014.

    • ronnmaryc - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      He sure as heck didn’t do anything for the Phillies hitting.

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        What about Dominic Brown? He’s credited Joyner with working with him on his swing and it led to a break out season. Also, you need to give the guy talent to work with. Sad to say, the farm has not produced much in recent years.

  5. cabrera24 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Fan *

  6. deathmonkey41 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    How does Amaro know it was a good conversation? Who the hell besides Charlie Manual can actually understand what Charlie Manual’s saying? For all he knows Manuel might have been making comments about his mother the whole time.

  7. sgtr0c - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    I do not really remember the Phillies being a power house hitting offense last couple of seasons. Pitchers were left hanging out to dry a lot. D Brown improved but he was up and down from minors a bunch, he was due at some point. Hope where ever Joyner lands, the team that gets him, gets better results.

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