Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 9/13/12

Phillies unlikely run has Charlie to thank

Previously I wrote on Charlie Manuel and whether he should be part of the Phillies’ plans for 2013. At the time I wrote about it, the Phillies were dwelling in the basement of the National League East and were in the sell mode. Unloading Victorino, Pence and Blanton were three good moves at the time and honestly, still are three good moves considering what they are bringing to their new teams. Many, including me, believed that Manuel, the winningest manager in Phillies history was on his way out-of-town. Many though that with the new young players potentially coming in, Manuel’s style would not be a fit.

What a difference a month makes as the Phillies are playing the best baseball of the season. The younger and cheaper players brought up to replace the traded and the injured have performed far above what any of us could have imagined. Just as Charlie Manuel deserved to be blamed for his fair share of the horrible season, now he should get his just due. Starting with how he handled Kyle Kendrick and then Jimmy Rollins, Manuel deserves most if not all of the credit for the change in their performances on the field and attitude. Good VIBES can be contagious and obviously the Phillies have them, thanks to Charlie.

Winning feels good and the Phillies are doing plenty of it of late. Do I feel differently about Charlie Manuel now that they are winning? Hell YEA! If the Phillies can continue on this unexpected tear and make it to the Wild-Card round anything is possible. If the Phillies go deep into the playoffs and make it to another World Series, Charlie Manuel will possibly go down as the greatest motivator in Phillies history.Similar Posts:

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