Released last September, Charlie Manuel rejoins Phillies.
According to Ryan Lawrence, Manuel has joined the Phillies staff as a senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Lawrence quotes the Phillies in stating Manuel “will work with minor league hitters and scout at the major and minor league levels and serve as a consultant”.
Hal Bodley of MLB.com adds that Manuel could not “resist lure of game”, and Bodley adds that this is “a great move for both the team and its former manager”.
Manuel was dismissed 120 games into last season which saw Philly post a 53-67 record. He was replaced by Ryne Sandberg, who signed a deal in late September in being named the team’s permanent manager. The deal was for three years and included an an option for a fourth season.
During Manuel’s nine years at the helm, the Phillies were 780-636 and played in back-to-back World Series, winning in 2008. Maybe the most astounding bit of trivia is that Manuel has never won a Manager of the Year award, finishing second in 2007 and 2008.