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Charlie Manuel Gives His Farewell Radio Broadcast on 1210

Aug 24, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

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“In baseball I got to do something I truly cherish. And not that many people get to do that.”

Charlie Manuel talked with host Rickie Ricardo at The Shops at Liberty Place for his final broadcast on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.  Fans gathered at the rotunda to watch the broadcast and show their appreciation, holding signs provided by the station with messages like “World Champion Charlie” and “Charlie’s Angels.”

[for more photos from Charlie Manuel's final radio show, check out the Flickr gallery here]

Manuel reflected on his career, from his time in Japan to managing a championship team in Philadelphia.  Of that transition, he commented that his time adjusting and gaining acceptance in Philly was never a concern, having had overcome a much bigger cultural hurdle in Japan.  He came to Philadelphia not expecting to be manager, as Ed Wade had all but made it clear that Larry Bowa would be his guy.  Now with his time as manager behind him, Manuel plans to go home and “do some thinking,” as well as fish, golf, examine his options.

Manuel fielded questions from the audience with his usual humility.  When a fan suggested a statue be built at Citizens Bank Park in his honor, Manuel responded that if there was a statue of him, there would have to be one of all the players because they are the ones who make it happen.  Manuel characterized baseball as a “second-guessing game,” explaining that every decision that turns out wrong can be second-guessed, “and that’s what makes it good.”


  1. foree - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Charlie Fuqua Manuel Forever and ever.

  2. Mike - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Has Manual taken any responsibility for this teams failures yet? I know RAJ is mostly to blame but, unless I missed it, Chaz has not once said what he could have done better. He has thrown plenty of veiled shots Rube’s way, however.

    • Hiccup - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      I haven’t heard him take credit for the wins or successes; he passed that on to the players. Why should he take the blame for the failures after being fired two days before the planned celebration / recognition of his 1,000 win?

      • Mike - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        He hasn’t had any issue mentioning how little talent he has had on multiple occasions, how about standing up and taking his part of the blame for the constant mental errors in the field and at the plate. Anytime there have been questions about the job he was doing this year, he took veiled shots at the talent. Saying he was fired after 1000 victories skews the reality that he was fired for his team giving up after the AllStar break.

      • Hiccup - Aug 24, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        I said why should he take the blame for this teams failures after being fired two days before the planned recognition of his 1,000 victories. That’s a bitter pill to swallow; now I can’t speak for Charlie but after being fired in such an abrupt manner I would be in no mood to say,” it’s my fault that Rubes hired such awesomely talented players to put us ten million games below .500.”

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