Charlie Manuel was the National League’s longest tenured manager. He leaves the team with some impressive stats.
- Managed Phillies since 2005
- Won World Series in 2008
- Lost to Yankees in World Series 2009
- Won 1,000 games as an MLB manager
- Runner up for manager of the year in 2007, 2008
- Overall record: 780-636 in eight full seasons and 2013
“This change is not easy for me. It’s not easy for me as a person, but it’s a decision I feel the Phillies have to make as we look toward the future. We’ve asked Charlie to remain in our organization,” said Rubén Amaro, Senior Vice President and Philadelphia Phillies General Manager.
“He’s a special person, this is difficult for me,” said Amaro, holding back tears.
Charlie Manuel had his thanks to give. “I’d like to thank David Montgomery, I’d also like to thank Ed Wade, who hired me,” Manuel said. “I want to thank Rubén, I want to thank Pat Gillick, and I want to thank everyone who gave me a chance.”
“For the last nine years… I’m mad because they took the best seat in the house away from me,” Manuel said, also holding back tears. “Philadelphia has been the highlight of my career.”
Phillies Pitcher Cole Hamels was on the radio earlier in the week. “I do know that obviously [Manuel's fate is] an organizational decision. For us, he’s been an inspiration, obviously throughout my whole career in the big leagues because he’s been my manager. He’s an outstanding manager and I've really learned a lot about baseball from him.”
Charlie Manuel made it clear that this was not his decision.
“I did not resign, and I did not quit, I never quit nothing,” Manuel said. “The decision came from our organization but I definitely wanted to put my team above myself.”
Good-bye and good luck, Charlie Manuel.