Phils Extend Uncle Chollie: 2 YearsOption

Phils Extend Uncle Chollie: 2 YearsOption reports that the Phillies and Charlie Manuel have agreed to a 2-year extension with a club option for a third. All season we've been hearing the questions regarding whether he'd be back after this year, and for a while, it didn't seem like there was even a chance. But after the Phillies' record continued to improve despite seemingly countless injuries, the buzz regarding his termination was replaced by legitimate talk of Manager of the Year considerations. If not for the impressive run by Bob Melvin's young D'Backs squad, I think he'd be a shoe-in.

Most of us are still reeling from a first-round sweep by the hottest team in baseball, so it's hard to focus on the fact that Charlie really does deserve the extension. He made a costly mistake in game 2 when he took Kyle Kendrick out too early, and in games 1 and 3, his team couldn't hit a beach ball, and he's supposed to be a great hitting coach. The fact of the matter is, it will always be easy to find fault with Charlie Manuel, especially in Philly.

We're about as urban as he is country. Hell compared to Charlie, NASCAR
looks like cricket. But they did win this season. They beat the Mets.
They won the division for the first time since '93. Sure they fell
flat, but let's face it—they had no business making the playoffs after
losing so many starting pitchers to injury, the bullpen, and
inefficiency. Charlie didn't single-handedly carry the team to the
postseason; the bats were hot this year, and they lit up the scoreboard
better than any team in the league. He was their leader though, and
they overachieved, all things considered. So when faced with a decision
on bringing him back to lead them again, I don't think it was ever much
of a choice. They had to, and probably wanted to.

There will be naysayers, and they'll have a point. His in-game
management can be downright dreadful. But every time I heard it
suggested that they let him walk, I wondered who they'd get to take his
spot. I think I'll snap if I hear another word about Jim Leyland. Joe
Girardi also comes up a lot. They'd never hire him, at least not under
the current ownership. Who does that leave? A long list of candidates
who didn't take their team to the playoffs and a division win this
season (except maybe Joe Torre, but I don't think he'll be fired, nor
would the Phils pay him Adam Eaton money). Plus Charlie called out
Howard Eskin and showed him what it means to be grow'd up.

I think signing him now as opposed to waiting is the right move. He
was a lame duck manager this year, and signing him right away said to
the players, city, and Manuel, that he is their guy, so it's time to
get behind him and get ready for next season.

Beerleaguer's take... a great read as always.

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.

Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.

Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.

Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.

Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica. 

The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.

The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks. 

This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.