Skip to content

Charlie Manuel inducted into the Phillies’ Wall of Fame

Aug 9, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

Charlie Manuel Getty Images

Prior to tonight’s game against the Mets, former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was inducted into the Wall of Fame, which is behind the batter’s eye at Citizens Bank Park. Manuel is the 36th Phillie to receive the honor, following starter Curt Schilling last year and catcher Mike Lieberthal in 2012.

The ceremony began with current inductees walking to a podium on a red carpet from the dugout, one at a time. They included Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski, Larry Bowa, Darren Daulton, and former Phillies manager Dallas Green. Green introduced Manuel with a brief speech, and Lieberthal presented Manuel with his Phillies Wall of Fame jersey. Roy Halladay made an appearance to present Manuel with a miniature Wall of Fame plaque to take home, and Jim Thome — Manuel’s favorite — unveiled the actual Wall of Fame plaque.

A brief video montage played at Citizens Bank Park before Manuel stepped to the podium to address the crowd. He was effusive in his praise of everyone he ever worked with, from his coaches to the training staff to his players. He said that he never intended to be a World Series-winning manager; he just wanted to teach and be able to show up at the ballpark to take batting practice. Lastly, he thanked the fans for not allowing the team to ever quit.

Manuel wrapped up his speech, saying “I’m going to shut up because I want to see the game.” Before departing, he yelled the four words for which is most famous: “This is for Philadelphia!” after the Phillies won the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The speech was typical Charlie: positive, charming, and funny.

Manuel managed the Phillies for nine years from 2005-13, leading them to five consecutive NL East titles from 2007-11. He was at the helm when the team ended its 13-year playoff drought in 2007, ultimately being swept out of the NLDS by the Rockies. After winning it all in 2008, the Phillies lost the World Series in six games to the Yankees in 2009, fell in six games to the Giants in the NLCS in 2010, and suffered a Game Five loss to the Cardinals in the 2011 NLDS. Manuel went 780-636 overall with the Phillies. He was fired after 120 games last season, when the team was 53-67. Former Phillies prospect Ryne Sandberg took the reins in his place.

  1. drs76109 - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Fire a guy one year. Induct him in your HOF next year. Only the Phillies.

    (And I’m a native Philadelphian!)

    • greymares - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      Apples and oranges but don’t let the facts get in the way of your beliefs.

  2. themagicfanguy - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Most overrated garbage ever.

    • yahmule - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      Yeah, finishing first six times in 12 twelve years and second three other times is easy. Anybody could do it.

      • sumerduckman - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        The man was/is a damn good manager. He left with a career w/l% of .548, which is better than all of the current managers with over 200 games to their credit except two, Joe Girardi and Mike Matheny. Of the three managers just inducted into the HOF, only Bobby Cox did better with .556. Joe Torre finished with a .538, and LaRussa with .536

  3. jwbiii - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    In the long, not so successful history of the franchise, the Phillies have won the World Series twice. Dallas Green was the manager of the other team that won it all. If Green is in, Manuel should be in.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. B. Crawford (2768)
  2. Y. Puig (2440)
  3. C. Correa (2425)
  4. G. Stanton (2379)
  5. G. Springer (2290)
  1. H. Pence (2214)
  2. J. Hamilton (2109)
  3. M. Teixeira (1894)
  4. H. Ramirez (1893)
  5. J. Fernandez (1864)