General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. wept in admiration of Charlie Manuel when he announced that the Philadelphia Phillies had decided to replace him as manager of the team last summer. Amaro also stated that he hoped Manuel would remain with the organization in another capacity. He got his wish this week.
According to reliable sources, Manuel officially agreed to remain in town on Tuesday. His new role will be as a senior adviser to Amaro, which includes serving as a minor league hitting specialist and scouting during the regular season.
Apparently other job offers, or the lack of a preferred one, figured into Manuel's time-delayed response. No one can blame the winningest manager in Phillies' history (and the owner of 1,000 major league managerial wins) for exploring his options and deciding that Philadelphia remains his best choice.
Just as Manuel proved to be the right man for his times, which included Philadelphia's second-ever World Series Championship in 2008, so too does Ryne Sandberg appear to be the right guy right now.
All major league teams have people like Pat Gillick, Dallas Green, Ed Wade and Manuel on their front office staffs. Diverse, seasoned experience is always a worthwhile resource to maintain and in this case, to retain.