PHILADEPHIA: Charlie Manuel, the former manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, suffered a stroke while seeking medical treatment in Florida on Saturday, September 16, the team said.
As per the team, hospital personnel treated the 79-year-old former sports manager right away and were successful in removing a blood clot.
“The next 24 hours will be crucial to his recovery, and Charlie’s family asks that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers at this time,” the team stated, accordign to the New York Post.
The 79-year-old has reportedly struggled with a number of medical conditions, including kidney cancer, an infected colon, and heart attack.
The Phillies have been informed that while undergoing a medical procedure today in a Florida hospital, Charlie Manuel suffered a stroke. The hospital was able to attend to Charlie immediately and subsequently remove a blood clot. The next 24 hours will be crucial to his recovery,…
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 16, 2023
How long was Charlie Manuel the manager of Phillies?
Charlie Manuel managed the Phillies for nine seasons between 2005 and 2013, leading them to a World Series championship in 2008.
He also served as manager for Cleveland from 2000 to 2002 for three years, as per The Guardian.
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— Ðoge Hippie (@dogehippie) September 16, 2023
Did the Phillies fire Charlie Manuel?
The Phillies won five consecutive NL East championships under Manuel from 2007 to 2011. The 2008 World Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays gave the city its first major professional sports title since 1983.
Before falling to the New York Yankees in the World Series, Philadelphia won the National League pennant once more in 2009.
Manuel was fired by the Phillies in 2013 after the team went 53-67. He was reportedly replaced with Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg.
Manuel has a 1,000-826 record as a big league manager, including 780 victories with the Phillies.
Charlie Manuel had a stroke today while undergoing a medical procedure. They then removed a blood clot.
“The next 24 hours will be crucial to his recovery, and Charlie’s family asks that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers at this time” -From the Phillies
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 16, 2023
In 2014, he was added to the group’s Wall of Fame. That year, he returned to the group and began serving as a senior adviser to the general manager.
Manuel also spent six seasons in the major leagues as an outfielder for the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers between 1969 and 1975.
He went on to play six more seasons with Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, where he became a massively popular figure and was voted Pacific League Most Valuable Player with the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1979.
People in Philadelphia are praying for the 79-year-old who has a special place in the hearts of all Phillies fans.
Manuel’s wife Missy wanted the information to be broadcast to the entire world so that Manuel could experience the uplifting vibe of the city.
According to reports, doctors were relieved to discover the clot before it could do significant harm.
Larry Bowa, a former Phillies manager, spoke to Action News to talk about his best “buddy” Manuel and said, “I have a lot of faith because he is a fighter.”