NL Executive: Manuel wasn’t Phillies problem

Charlie Manuel's former players blamed themselves for letting the skipper down.
Charlie Manuel takes the ball from Cole Hamels after another rough outing Sunday.
Credit: Getty Images

Charlie Manuel continues to make more news than the team he once managed. While on The Chris Stigall Show on 1210-AM, Manuel noted that he believes Ruben Amaro made the decision to let him go. He also said that he watched every pitch of the weekend series against the Dodgers.

“Charlie Manuel is a special guy,” a NL executive said. “He doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He’s special.”

How special? When Jerry Manuel was managing the Mets, he laughed when asked about how Philadelphia’s vocal minority questioned his longtime friend.

“They don’t know baseball and they don’t know Charlie,” Jerry Manuel said. “Charlie is the kind of guy, with his accent, that they think he doesn’t know what he’s doing. But the funny thing is that when they think he’s lost, he’s actually two or three moves ahead of everybody else.”

Manuel was like the old TV detective “Columbo,” who seemed like a buffoon but was way ahead of the pack.

“Exactly,” Jerry Manuel said. “He’s the kind of guy that won’t get all of the credit in Philly until he’s gone.”

Manuel and his 780 wins are gone. After the Phils went on a 4-19 run, the skids were greased for Manuel to be fired.

“When you lose like that a manager can be fired,” MLB analyst Larry Bowa said. “That’s not surprising.”

Bowa went on to note how the Phillies have been playing without urgency and failing to execute.

“I won’t argue Bowa about that but Charlie was not the problem with the Phillies,” a NL scout said. “It’s deeper than that. I really don’t know if they’ll play much better for [interim skipper Ryne] Sandberg.”

Jimmy Rollins noted it’s not Manuel’s fault.

“It’s not the coaches or manager out there playing,” Rollins said. “We weren’t getting it done. He took the fall for it. It doesn’t feel good.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.