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Charlie Manuel to be inducted to Phillies Wall of Fame

Feb 4, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT


Charlie Manuel already owns the Philadelphia Phillies’ record for wins by a manager with 780, but since records are made to be broken, the franchise will immortalize the legendary skipper another way.

The team announced on Tuesday that Manuel will join the ranks of the great Phillies of all time in a pre-game ceremony to be held on August 9, less than one year from the day he was relieved of his duties as manager.

Here’s more from the team’s press release:

“It is only fitting that Charlie become the newest member of our Wall of Fame,” said Phillies President David Montgomery.  “His contributions to our club, his unparalleled connection with our fans, and his overall passion and love of the game made the decision an easy one.  He has left an indelible mark on Phillies history and he deserves this honor.”

Manuel spent nine seasons (2005-13) at the helm of the Phillies and went 780-636 (.551), guiding the club to more wins than any other manager in franchise history. From 2007-11, the club won five consecutive National League East Division titles, two NL pennants and a World Series championship. Last August, he became the 59th manager in major league history to notch 1,000 wins. Prior to being named manager for the 2005 season, Manuel spent two years (2003-04) working for the Phillies as a special assistant to then-GM Ed Wade. Manuel was recently named the team’s senior advisor to the general manager.

Manuel’s induction will be a part of the annual Alumni Weekend festivities at Citizens Bank Park, which this year will also include a Roy Halladay bobblehead giveaway on August 8. Halladay will be among the alumni in attendance to honor his former manager.

Manuel’s recognition is a no-brainer, although it’s a bit surprising it happened so fast. Anything that keeps him around the organization and making public appearances is a good thing though.

  1. Frank - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Deserved big time. But happening now because they need to sell tickets

    • TheDude - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Agreed Frank that Manuel deserves the honor. He’s definitely in the top three managers in Phillies history, up there with Paul Owens and Dallas Green.

  2. Mark432 - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Michael Miss SUSPENDED

    • Leisure Suit Larry Mendte - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      You seem obsessed, like you may be in love with him. I’m just being clinical with that assessment, of course.

  3. Mike - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    I’m not a huge Charlie guy but he does deserve it. Now if only they could deduct Lieberthal.

    • sfsu - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Mike Lieberthal was 10,000x better at being a catcher than Manuel was at being a manager. However, of course we can only measure someone’s worth in CHAMPIONSHIPS, which is why Pedro Feliz was a better 3rd baseman than Scott Rolen.

      • death from above - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        I can’t believe that I just read this comment.

        I can;t believe that you actually wrote it.

        I can’t believe that you actually believe what you wrote.


      • Leisure Suit Larry Mendte - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:24 AM

        Mike Lieberthal had only two years where he had a WAR over 3. He was the definition of mediocre, and exemplified the 1990′s to early 2000′s Phillies.

      • willh888 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        take your craziness back to the shelter ol timer. Manuel isn’t on the wall of fame for winning one series vs. the Rays, or the 2 pennants, or the 5 straight division titles. Maybe it was the most wins in franchise history. They should leave him off the Wall because you wanted him to use JC Romero in the 8th instead of Ryan Madson.

  4. Adam B - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    I find it curious that for a manager who just got fired, Charlie still has an awful lot of fingers in the Phillies’ pie.

  5. phillymike72 - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    No matter what accolades he gets it won’t make up for the way he got screwed!

    • Rube - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Nature of da biznaz son!!!


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