11/17/09 5:36 PM EST
Manuel in running for Manager of the Year
Phillies skipper has lead club to World Series past two years
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Manuel and Dallas Green are the only two managers to guide the Phillies to World Series championships: Manuel in 2008 and Green in 1980. Manuel and Danny Ozark are the only two managers to lead the club to three consecutive National League East titles: Manuel from 2007-09 and Ozark from 1976-78.
But Manuel is the only manager in franchise history to lead the Phillies to two consecutive World Series: 2008-09.
It's those credentials that makes Manuel an NL Manager of the Year candidate. He finished second for the award in 2007 and '09.
The award will be announced Wednesday.
Manuel, who has been the Phillies' manager since 2005, has 447 regular-season victories, which puts him fourth on the franchise's all-time list. The club is 447-363 (.552) since Manuel became manager, and Philadelphia has the best record in the NL in that span, and the fourth-best record in baseball.
"I think we're in a span ... where within the next couple years ... I think it's going to be our heydays, as you might say," Manuel said after losing Game 6 of the World Series to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. "It's very important for the next couple years that we stay afloat, but at the same time, I think we have the talent and I think that we can tinker with our team enough to even get better.
"I know we can do better, because as I sit here tonight, I know [Cole] Hamels is going to be better and I know [Brad] Lidge is going to be better. I can tell you guys that. I know that. So therefore that's going to make us better. But now we can improve, we can improve on our hitting, and we will. We're going to be a better team next year. That's our goal."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.