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Charlie Manuel does it again
by Scott Butler 9/26/12

Barring a collapse of epic proportions, the final eight regular season Phillies games will be the final eight games of the entire season. As painful as that might be, this team deserves a lot of credit for making the postseason even a remote possibility.

The Phillies reached 14 games under .500 after losing the first game after the all-star and did not quit.

They traded Victorino and Pence at the July 31 trading deadline and traded Joe Blanton soon after and did not quit.

They blew a 4 run ninth inning lead on September 2nd to fall to six games under .500 and did not quit.

Even when the Phillies lost three of four to the 105 loss Astros they did not quit.

The recent two losses to the Braves might have ended any playoff hopes, but they unlikely will cause quit in the Phillies.

It says a lot about the character of the team, the talent that still exists, their desire to win, and their refusal to accept losing.

It also says a lot about the manager. The Phillies are 41-26 (.612) since the all-star break and improved from twelve games below .500 to two games above .500. Such a turnaround was no accident, either. Throughout Charlie Manuel's tenure, his Phillies teams play for him down the stretch. No matter what. In his nearly eight seasons as Phillies skipper, Charlie Manuel's teams have a .604 winning percentage (394-258) after the all-star break.

This will be the second time Charlie watched his general manager sell at the trading deadline (2006 and 2012). Those teams were a combined twenty games under .500 (84-104) prior to the deadline and thirty games over .500 (79-49) after the trades.

Charlie Manuel is not the perfect manger and has plenty of shortcomings, but his teams always find a way to win. Wins are the only thing that counts and Charlie has proven to be pretty good at it.

That's why 2012 may actually be Charlie's greatest accomplishment. Just look at the Phillies 2012 win/loss chart.

Phillies 2012 Win/Loss Chart

With all the injuries and minor leaguers filling the bullpen, outfield, and infield, he somehow managed to go 41-25 after their lowest point and improved from 14 games below .500 to two games above. Not bad.

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