Even though he didn't take them all the way, the Philadelphia Phillies organization has extended manager Charlie Manuel's contract through 2009 with an option at the end of the decade.
Heavily criticized in the past -- even called "folksy" for his accent -- Manuel led his Phillies to their first NL East title since 1993 on the final day of the season... thanks in large part to a historical New York Mets collapse.
In the 63-year-old Manuel's third season with the team, the Phillies finished with an 89-73 record, just to be swept in the first round by the relentless Colorado Rockies.
"This is the best attitude, best chemistry of any team I've been around," Manuel said. "I'm very glad to be a big part of that."Better luck next year, Chollie!
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Posted by Sooze on 10/11/2007
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