Manuel knew post-2011 Phils lacked the pieces

Manuel knew post-2011 Phils lacked the pieces

August 20, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Charlie Manuel leaves Citizens Bank Park last Friday after being fired as Phillies manager. (AP)

The Phillies under Charlie Manuel won five National League East titles, two pennants, a World Series, and in 2011 a team regular season record 102 games.

Last Friday, Manuel's unparalleled tenure as Phillies manager came to an end when he was fired and replaced by Ryne Sandberg.

Manuel on Tuesday sat down with Comcast SportsNet’s Leslie Gudel for 45 minutes to discuss various subjects, among them whether he had enough to win after that momentous letdown in 2011.

Injuries, age, unfulfilled youth and unsuccessful acquisitions led to an 81-81 2012 and the mess that has become of this season. And Manuel didn't seem shocked. 

Asked if he felt he had the pieces to win in each of the last two years, Manuel said: “The last two years? No. I can straight-face tell you that.”

When did he know?

“Start of the season, both years.” Manuel said. “I always figured we’d add the pieces and things like that.

“I knew if we started the season with this team that somewhere along the lines we were going to improve it. And if you remember those years, there were a lot of those years that we did all that.

“They always went out and they always got pieces and they always put them on our team and gave us a good opportunity to win. They put us in a good position to win and it was up to us to do that.”

Much more of interview will air as part of a SportsNite special, Charlie Manuel: End of an Era, Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.