Charlie Manuel Quotes
Charles Fuqua Manuel, Jr. (born January 4, 1944) is an American senior advisor for the Philadelphia Phillies, and a former professional baseball outfielder, coach and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB) and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). During his playing career, he appeared over parts of six MLB seasons for the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers before playing another six seasons in NPB with the Yakult Swallows and Kintetsu Buffaloes. Over four successive seasons in NBP, he hit at least .312 with 37 home runs each season and won the 1979 Pacific League Most Valuable Player Award. After his playing career, Manuel coached and managed the Cleveland Indians and managed the Philadelphia Phillies, winning the World Series in 2008. He now serves as the senior advisor to the Phillies General Manager.
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There's no pressure in baseball. Pressure is when the doctor is getting ready to cut you, take your heart out, and put it on a table.
I think we're out on a limb right now, hanging over a cliff, and we're trying to find a way to get back.
“I wanted to see how the angle changed on the wall and where the ball was going to go [after it hit the wall]. I think we got a little deeper angle, and the ball is going to bounce more back toward left-center. That's the only thing I was concerned about.”
“[Despite not reaching the playoffs, Manuel may have answered critics who believe his hiring was influenced by the presence of Thome, a close friend from their days together in Cleveland.] I don't need anybody to help me get a job [in baseball], ... I've been in baseball 42 years. I don't need to brown-nose or kiss anybody's [behind]. I didn't get here by being a yes man.”
“He reminds me of a young Willie Stargell. This is an award he definitely won. We were very fortunate to have a player like him in the minor leagues. When Thome went down, the rest was, like, history. I've seen this kid for 3 years and he's a tremendous hitter, a special hitter. He's going to be doing it for a long time.”
“I told him to hit one out, ... I told him to relax, make sure you stay on the ball and track it. He went up there with that idea.”
“Utley is without a doubt a big-game player. He's got an outstanding career [ahead].”
“We have got to win all of them, but we have to take them one at a time in order to do that. We have to make up two games somehow.”
“He threw OK. We have to get him healthy so that he can pitch in a regular rotation for a while.”
“His back kind of locked up. That just sets him back. I'm concerned. I want him to get healthy to where he can play a stretch of games.”
“Mota can handle that setup role (in the bullpen). If he's healthy, he can do it. He has a good arm. He pitched good against us last year.”