The news broke yesterday afternoon about Charlie Manuel getting fired from the Phillies. A flood of emotions passed through a lot of people’s minds as the baton was passed from the winningest manager the Phillies had ever had and a new hope that what’s been happening with this team in the past couple seasons somehow had to change.
Manuel didn’t want to say goodbye to this team, the fans, and everything involved with baseball. The Phillies organization had to do what was right though, and this team has been suffering for a while now, and nothing that GM Ruben Amaro has done or Charlie Manuel has tried to do has worked, and this is the way baseball works.
Ruben Amaro Jr. was teary eyed at first when he held the press conference, he’s assembled a lot of great players on this team in the past few seasons, but the team didn’t really have much to show for it. Injuries and a combination of younger players, who perhaps aren’t the best players to be in certain positions on the field for the Phillies added up to two straight seasons of disappointment.
This could have easily been a spot where Ruben Amaro Jr. himself could have been fired as well, for the amount of money spent on this team’s payroll in the past two seasons alone and the lack of success the team has had could have meant the end of his tenure with the team as well.
Charlie Manuel has accomplished a lot of things with this team, the players on those teams that did well were the guys that made the accomplishments happen for Charlie. Manuel acknowledged the players, and was probably more of a player who guided the team than a strict disciplinarian or someone that would try to motivate his team in other aspects.
Charlie Manuel now owns a special place in Phillies history, he’s the manager that won a World Series for this city in 2008, and now that special accomplishment is etched in stone in the minds of Phillies fans. He’s guided the team to another World Series appearance in 2009 and a great 5 NL East Crowns before the dynasty crumbled.
He may not be done with the Phillies organization, like Dallas Green, who was hired into the front office of the Phillies many years ago, this may be where Charlie Manuel is headed if he doesn’t chose to seek out another managerial job somewhere in the big leagues.