Jul 182010

 July 18 Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Paul Hoynes

“Impatient as human beings are, time is the still the best evaluator. It doesn’t matter in what field of endeavor decisions are made, time decides the winners and losers.

At the All-Star break in 2002, Indians manager Charlie Manuel went to see General Manager Mark Shapiro about his job status. Manuel was in the last year of his contract; Shapiro was in his first year as general manager.

13 0 Share Manuel is from Virginia, talks with a drawl and signed his first pro baseball contract right out of high school. Shapiro is an Ivy League-educated football player who inherited Manuel from the previous GM. They were not a match made in heaven.

When Manuel met with Shapiro, Manuel said he wanted to know where he stood in terms of managing the Indians beyond 2002. Shapiro said he wasn’t ready to make that decision until the end of the year. That wasn’t good enough for Manuel. The conversation deteriorated, and Manuel was fired.

After the season, Shapiro hired Eric Wedge. Wedge embarked on a seven-year managerial run that produced one trip to the postseason under the cash-strapped ownership of Larry Dolan. Manuel didn’t manage again until 2005, when he took over the primed-to-win and well-funded Philadelphia Phillies. He’s in his sixth year and has taken them to one World Series title, two pennants and three division titles. On Tuesday, Manuel led the National League to its first victory in the All-Star Game in 13 years.”

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