When Charlie Manuel was introduced as the new manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2004, many fans didn’t quite know what to make of him. He came across as a man who would be just as comfortable discussing baseball fundamentals as he would be mixing moonshine in a bathtub.
Manuel made a name for himself as a hitting coach with the Cleveland Indians and the Phillies quickly improved in that regard, becoming one of the most feared teams at the plate in the NL. And even though his relationship with the fans got off to a rocky start, eventually he endeared himself to the Phillies’ fanbase and became one of the most popular managers in franchise history.
And it sure didn’t hurt that in 2008, he won the city of Philadelphia their first World Series since 1980.
So when Manuel was fired after being unable to win with a Phillies club filled with overpaid old men and younger players with marginal talent, the fans were upset and rightfully so. Many said at the time that the Phillies had fired the wrong man, and that Ruben Amaro Jr. was the one who should be shown the door. But Manuel stayed on with the organization in an advisory role, though he has been fairly quiet since he was so unceremoniously dismissed.
Quite unexpectedly, Manuel arrived on Twitter last month. There, he has been doling out baseball knowledge and hitting tips to whoever will listen. And most of it is pretty sound advice. Such as:
Hitters, before you worry about mechanics, lock in on these: Commitment, Work Ethic, Focus, & Discipline. Little makeup goes a long ways!
— Charlie Manuel (@CMBaseball41) May 22, 2014
— Charlie Manuel (@CMBaseball41) May 10, 2014
I can only hope that the Phillies are all following his Twitter feed because ever since Manuel was let go, it seems like he took all the Phillies’ offensive capabilities with him. Manuel was always unapologetic in his opinion that hitting won baseball games, and fans will be glad to see that hasn’t changed a bit.