Charlie Manuel To Join Phillies’ Front Office

Former manager Charlie Manuel has reached an agreement with the Phillies to accept a position in their front office, according to Brian Startare of ESPN Radio 97.5 (Twitter link). Jim Salisbury of reports (also via Twitter) that Manuel will serve as a senior advisor to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

The Phillies fired Manuel back in August and named Ryne Sandberg the interim manager (Sandberg would eventually go on to shed the "interim" label by signing a three-year deal). At the time of the managerial change, Amaro told reporters that Manuel had been asked to remain with the organization in a new role. After taking roughly five months off, Manuel looks to have decided that he does indeed wish to return to the organization for which he served as manager for nearly nine years.

Manuel led the Phillies to a 780-636 record in his time as their skipper. From 2007-11, the Phils won five straight division titles under Manuel, and in 2008 they captured a World Series title. The Phillies returned to the Fall Classic in 2009, though they were denied a repeat championship by the Yankees. Manuel has managed for parts of 12 big league seasons and also has experience as a Major League hitting coach. In his illustrious managerial career, Manuel tallied exactly 1,000 victories.

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