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Charlie Manuel is 69

This promises to be a season rife with drama for Charlie Manuel, now 69 years old and without a contract beyond 2013. It's his birthday Friday. Manuel, a man with a proud ego, has rebuffed notions of this being a farewell tour; one last chance at finishing on top.

Charlie Manuel is 69

(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

This promises to be a season rife with drama for Charlie Manuel, now 69 years old and without a contract beyond 2013. It's his birthday Friday. Manuel, a man with a proud ego, has rebuffed notions of this being a farewell tour; one last chance at finishing on top.

Evidence, of course, points in that general direction.

The accolades are forever etched in stone: winningest manager in Phillies history, one of two to capture a World Series championship, and owner of five straight division titles.

There is one more. Manuel needs 37 games to become the longest-tenured manager in franchise history, passing Gene Mauch's 1,332 games. Barring postponements, Manuel will achieve that feat May 10 in Arizona. 

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Even more amazing, Manuel ranks 17th all-time in managers' winning percentage among those who have managed for at least 10 seasons. Thirteen of the 16 men above him are in the Hall of Fame.

Mgr Yrs From To G W L W-L% ▾ G>.500 AvRk Plyof App
Joe McCarthy HOF 24 1926 1950 3487 2125 1333 .615 792 2.0 9
Charlie Comiskey HOF 12 1883 1894 1410 840 541 .608 299 3.4 0
Frank Selee HOF 16 1890 1905 2180 1284 862 .598 422 2.9 0
Billy Southworth HOF 13 1929 1951 1770 1044 704 .597 340 2.4 4
Frank Chance HOF 11 1905 1923 1622 946 648 .593 298 3.1 4
John McGraw HOF 33 1899 1932 4769 2763 1948 .586 815 2.6 9
Al Lopez HOF 17 1951 1969 2425 1410 1004 .584 406 2.4 2
Earl Weaver HOF 17 1968 1986 2541 1480 1060 .583 420 2.2 6
Harry Wright HOF 23 1871 1893 2145 1225 885 .581 340 3.2 0
Cap Anson HOF 21 1875 1898 2288 1295 947 .578 348 4.0 0
Fred Clarke HOF 19 1897 1915 2829 1602 1181 .576 421 3.7 2
Davey Johnson 16 1984 2012 2283 1286 995 .564 291 1.9 6
Steve O'Neill 14 1935 1954 1879 1040 821 .559 219 3.3 1
Walter Alston HOF 23 1954 1976 3658 2040 1613 .558 427 2.9 7
Bobby Cox 29 1978 2010 4508 2504 2001 .556 503 2.4 16
Miller Huggins HOF 17 1913 1929 2570 1413 1134 .555 279 3.2 6
Charlie Manuel 11 2000 2012 1706 947 759 .555 188 1.6 6

No one on that list has a better average ranking in the yearly standings than Manuel (1.6). That's mostly because of the modern composition of six divisions in baseball.

Manuel does not have the tenure of many above him, and his age will probably prevent him from joining Cooperstown. Still, it's impressive to consider his resume, given he did not manage in the majors until he was 56.

He is 69 today, with plenty to prove when winter turns to spring. 


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