Charlie Manuel has managed his final game for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies announced today that Manuel was fired and Ryne Sandberg will take over as interim manager.
For the first time in nearly 9 seasons the winningest manager, the man who brought Philadelphia its second World Championship and possibly the best era in Phillies history will no longer command the dugout. It was a move we all expected, but it was a move that came way too soon.
Charlie Manuel made it clear that he did not want to leave. “I did not resign and I did not quit. I want to tell you something, I never quit nothin’ and I didn’t resign.”
Expect much more on this soon, but for now here are some stats and quotes about the firing of Charlie Manuel.
Charlie Manuel is the winningest manager in Phillies history with a record of 780-636 and a .551 winning percentage. Charlie finished 144 games above .500 with a .551 winning percentage and an average of 89 wins per season.
Charlie owned the second-half with a .606 winning percentage after the all-star break, which works out to 98 wins over a full season.
Ruben Amaro also summed it up nicely: He’s won a World Series. He's won five consecutive league championships. He’s clearly one of the most decorative managers in the history of our franchise."
Here is some of what Charlie said at the press conference:
"I'm mad because they took the best seat in the house away from me."
“To tell you the truth, when I watch the game tonight I’m gonna be mad.”
Asked about what it will mean not to put on the uniform, he said, "I love wearing that uniform. I would put it on today if I could."
“I can not explain to you what the last nine years, or eight and a half or whatever’s, meant to me. I’ve had some of the greatest times I’ve ever had in my life. Philadelphia has been the highlight of my career. I love everything about the fans, the city. I talk Phillie baseball everywhere I go.”
And there was one of my favorite quotes after the Phillies won the World Series:
"Listen. This is for Philadelphia."
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