November 04, 2004

Manuel the man

Long search ends with the selection of the candidate with the strongest endorsement of players. The Associated Press reported the hiring late Wednesday night.

Manuel, 60, spent the the last two season as a special assistant to GM Ed Wade. He last coached in 2002 with Cleveland before being fired in mid-season after a 39-47 record.

Shallow Center captures our feeling; now that the players have their guy, it's time to put up or shut up.

It's a low-profile hiring in the eyes of the baseball world, but it's the biggest move in the career of Ed Wade. It's all riding on this one.


At 3:57 PM, Blogger Tom Goodman said...

Ed Wade could have hired you or me and his fate would still rest with the players not the manager. If the Phils continue to stumble next season, Wade will be gone before the July 31 trade deadline.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

While the managers - Francona, Bowa and now Manuel - have captured many of the headlines over the years, there's no doubt that history will remember Ed Wade as the guy who could never assemble the players they needed if they come up short again this year.

Getting Charlie Manuel certainly places more accountability on the team. And so his fate, as you correctly said, does rest in the players' hands; players he assembled; players he reassured us were good enough. If they went with a high-profile candidate like Leyland and lost, my guess is the media and fans would place some of the blame on a burnout manager.

But since it’s Manuel, win or lose, this is Ed Wade's year. The pressure is on April 1.

At 11:08 PM, Blogger Tom G. said...

I agree with you JMW, the manager is a non-issue now. But I also agree with Wade, the core of this team is good enough to win big.

Tom G

At 2:38 PM, Blogger will travel said...

Is it too late...Wally Backman is no longer D-backs manager...might as well be Charley Manuel...He has got to be easier to play for than Bowa


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