Looking over Charlie Manuel's managing record would lead you to believe he's a good manager. In 7 seasons as head skipper for a Major League team (4 with Philly, 3 with Cleveland), Manuel has a solid winning percentage of .543% with a record of 574-484, and 3 1st place, 3 2nd place, and 1 3rd place finish. He's only endured one losing season, and that was in 2002 when the Indians fired him 86 games into the season. I know the hillbilly West Virginian is poked fun at a lot on this site, but this blogger has been converted from a hater to an admirer. I've gone from thinking he has mush for brains to being mushy for him. Uncle Cholly gets results, and that cannot be argued.
How Old is Moyer?
Soon to be 46 year old Jamie Moyer was a rookie with the Chicago Cubs back in 1986, my first year of formal education in kindergarten. Some of his teammates from that '86 Cubbie team included current Phillies 1st base coach Davey Lopes, Phils broadcast team member Gary "Sarge" Matthews, BoSox manager Terry Francona, Hall-of-Famers Ryne Sandberg and Dennis Eckersley, and ESPN colorman Rick Sutcliffe. I truly hope Moyer pitches until he's 50 so I can look back over his entire career and be amazed by the generations of superstars he has spanned.
This was submitted by BloodStripes in the comments sections of yesterday's post-
We are the Phils,
The greatest team of all,
We are the Phils,
We're always on the ball,
We play the game as it should be played,
At home or far away,
Our flag is flying high from dawn to dark,
Down at Citizens Bank Park.
News & Notes:
*Chase Utley won his third straight Silver Slugger Award.
*Charlie Manuel placed 2nd in the NL Manager of the Year balloting behind Sweet Lou Pinella.
*Brad Lidge finished 4th in the NL Cy Young voting.
*Sam Perlozzo was added to the Phils coaching staff, he's been coaching in the Majors since 1989 in some capacity (bench coach, manager, 3rd base coach).
*Mike Arbuckle pulled a vanishing act after Ruben Amaro Jr. was named GM, but has found a new job with the Kansas City Royals. Didn't know KC had a MLB team...hmmm?
*Ex-Phillies farmhand CJ Henry, the "talent" of the Bobby Abreu trade, has quit baseball and is going to play college hoops for the University of Memphis.