Charlie Manuel busy cleaning gutters but still considering job with Phillies

Charlie Manuel busy cleaning gutters but still considering job with Phillies

Inquirer Columnist Bob Brookover had the pleasure of recently spending some time on the phone with former Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel. They talked about what Charlie's been up to as of late and also what the future may hold in store for the soon-to-be 70-year-old.

First, I just love this quote about how Charlie's been keeping busy:

"I was back in Virginia for a charity event at my high school," Manuel said. "I got to spend some time with my brother, too. It wasn't really strange not to be there. I haven't given it much thought. I go to Gold's Gym in the morning, then I've been doing things around the house when I come home [to Winter Haven, Fla.]. We have a lake house we're about to rent, so I've been cleaning the gutters and pressure washing, getting it ready."

Since Wawa missed out on their chance to get Charlie Manuel inked to a lucrative endorsement deal, Gold's Gym must jump at this. Or maybe Lowe's Home Improvement's power washing section or something. Charlie Manuel needs to be a pitchman for all sorts of things.

The Brookover column doesn't have any huge new developments -- Manuel's agent talked to some clubs about managing but nothing really came of it -- but it does have an encouraging nugget about Charlie keeping the door open for a return to Philadelphia:

"I haven't talked to any other teams," Manuel said. "I think the job the Phillies offered me, it's a good job if I want to work and want to have some input and do some things. I definitely think about it and I will consider it until I have to make a decision.

"I think who I work with and the circumstances surrounding the job have something to do with it. I still want to be a help and be part of the solution. I want to enjoy baseball. I still want to teach. Those are the things I have to make my mind up on.

Obviously retooling the team to get headed in a positive direction on the field is the first order of business down on Citizens Bank Park Way this winter, but that doesn't mean having Charlie around the organization in some capacity wouldn't also be a nice added bonus for Phils fans if it were to happen.

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.

Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- De'Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten opener.

The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing. Wilton Speight threw one touchdown pass.

Michigan (4-0) dominated both sides of the ball. Penn State (2-2) has lost three straight to the Wolverines.

Jabrill Peppers gave the fans an early thrill by returning Penn State's first punt to the 9, although a bench-interference penalty moved the ball to the Nittany Lions 24. Seven plays later, Khalid Hill dove in on 4th-and-goal from the 1.

The Wolverines also scored touchdowns on their next two drives. Penn State finally got a couple stops, but the Wolverines took a 28-0 halftime lead on Higdon's 2-yard run.

The Nittany Lions got on the board with a field goal early in the third, but Chris Evans made it 35-3 with a 3-yard run and the Wolverines cruised to the win.

The takeaway
Penn State: The Nittany Lions came into the Big House without any of their starting linebackers then lost Brandon Smith to a second-quarter targeting penalty. That left the Penn State defense helpless against Michigan's running game and short passes. The offense was even worse, putting up 50 yards in the first half. Saquon Barkley had 19 yards rushing and caught two passes for 47 yards, but the rest of the team combined for minus-16.

Michigan: The Wolverines dominated in the trenches, with their defensive line continuously overrunning Penn State's offensive line. They registered five sacks while building their first-half lead and Speight had all the time he needed.

Poll implications
Michigan: The Wolverines came in at No. 4 and there seems little chance that will change much with No. 1 Alabama winning earlier in the day in a blowout and No. 2 Ohio State on a bye.

Up next
Penn State: Returns to Happy Valley for the first of three straight home games. The Nittany Lions face Minnesota next Saturday in the Golden Gophers' first trip to Penn State since 2009.

Michigan: Plays its fifth-straight game at the Big House to open the season, but will have a tougher test against Wisconsin. The 11th-ranked Badgers routed No. 8 Michigan State 30-6 in East Lansing.