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Charlie Manuel: ‘I never quit nothing and I did not resign.’

Aug 16, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

“I never quit nothing and I did not resign,” Charlie Manuel said at his final press conference in Philadelphia today.

It was pretty clear after watching today’s press conference that Charlie was fired by Ruben Amaro Jr. and the organization. Charlie was informed of the news prior to Wednesday night’s game but still managed the team to a 6-3 loss in Atlanta.

“The decision definitely came from our organization but at the same time I definitely wanted to put my team and the Philadelphia Phillies above myself. And I mean that,” Manuel said.

Perhaps the most dusty the room got was when Charlie was asked about putting the Phillies uniform on for the final time.

“I loved putting that uniform on. I would have wore it over here today if I could,” he said with a smile.

  1. donny05 - Aug 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Ruben has destroyed this team with horrible signings and raping the farm. So let’s fire Charlie. Get rid of the bum Ruben. What an absolute joke of a GM.

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    • Nick - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Ruben has been bad, but I think the Phillies owners/Montgomery are the number entity to blame here. They put a ridiculous salary cap (i.e., the Luxury Tax cap) on this team. The Phillies, after the 2008 WS, had 5 superstars (Hamels, Howard, Utley, Rollins, and Werth). All were going to demand big $$$. Instead of turning into the Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers, the Phillies placed an imaginary cap on a team that was turning out record profits. Ruben has been bad since he hasn’t been able to locate low salary players who are competent and can actually contribute.

      The last person to blame for this disaster is Manuel. Unless Manuel wanted to quit, he should have finished out the year. For all the flack the Eagles get, they let Andy Reid stay even though everyone knew he was done. That is what classy organizations do. The Phillies are an unclassy organization.

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      • Pete D - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Instead of “Nick”, did you mean “fakeWIPcaller”? All but Werth remain on the team, and Werth left after recieving ridiculous money from the Nats. Ruben has done NOTHING but spend, sometimes unwisely (Howard, Papelbon). The team has been in the top 5 in payroll each year since 2008. Lee, Halladay, Oswalt, Pence, etc- all brought in with money (and the future) out of consideration. Your only valid criticism is the fact that he hasn’t brought in quality low salary players to contribute- but that goes against your complaint against the team “cap”.

        They went all out to win another title, and didn’t get it done. That’s all there is.

      • Nick - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Yeah, that was the point dummy. They all stayed which means you have to pay them more $$$, usually above their value. This happens in every sport, and isn’t just a Phillies issue. You have two paths to take. (1) Anger the fan base and release the players (obviously making the team worst in the process) or (2) sign the players and increase pay roll. The Phillies decided to take path 2 but then put a cap to their spending. Thus, making Ruben’s job even harder. Either go all in, sign the players and spend money OR release the players and re-build. You can’t do both. The Phillies gave Ruben an unnecessary salary cap.

        I am not completely defending Ruben. Ruben is just part of the blame along with the organization. The Phillies were rolling in record profits, but refused to spend a dime over the salary cap. That is a stupid way to do business.

      • F RAJ - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        Pat Gillick signed guys like Victorino and Werth at a low price while RAJ got Delmon Young and Nix. Charlie’s fault we suck?

  2. YoungGriff - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Will they let him tip his cap tonight, you think? I’m not an online petition kind of guy but i would sign that one.

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  3. Mike - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    I’m hoping the “Fire Ruben” chants last the rest of the year.

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  4. Von9 - Aug 17, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Class guy. He will be missed.

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