Mar 102011
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel

By Justin Adkins:

The Phillies have announced that manager Charlie Manuel has officially signed a 2-year contract extension, reportedly worth about $3.5 to $4 million per season.

After taking much longer than seemed necessary, it didn’t take too long to finalize once word broke yesterday that the two sides were close.

“We are pleased to have come to terms with Charlie,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro.  “He has been an integral part of the success we’ve had over the past several years.  There was little doubt that he was going to continue to be our skipper past his current contract and we look forward to the next three years with the hopes of continued success.”

Manuel was asked how he felt about managing another three years, and the affable skipper delivered.

“I feel a hell of a lot better today. I could probably throw batting practice and even run some. How ’bout that?”

Manuel has led the Phillies the past six years, compiling a National League-best record of 544-428 during that time. 

It’s still not clear what took so long to finally agree.  The Phillies have won four straight NL East division titles, made three straight trips to the NLCS, appeared in two consecutive World Series, and won the whole World Bleeping Championship in 2008.  Those are elite credentials, and while the argument can be made that the Phillies did it with elite players, those same guys are the ones who credit Charlie with the team’s success.

Charlie is now under contract through 2013.

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