Manuel gets contract extension from Phillies for 2012/13
A manager on a baseball team is a very stressful job sometimes. If your team doesn't perform, you could find yourself looking for a new job really quickly. Charlie Manuel has been the manager of the Phillies since 2004, and now he is just starting to reap the benefits of the success that the Phillies have had over the past 4 seasons. He won't be confused with Joe Torre who reaped a $7.5 from the Yankees in 2007, but he will be earning close to the top salary in baseball managers at a pay of almost $3.5M to $4 million in the seasons 2012 and 2013 according to press reports. This move keeps Manuel in place for probably the rest of his career, as he is now currently the oldest manager in the MLB.
Manuel has been what some would call a 'player's manager.' He's been questioned on a few of his moves over the years, but all in all, you can't argue with the success that the Phillies have had, and that is what a manager's performance is based on. You can be a great manager and have players that don't or can't produce and the spotlight will somehow be cast back at a manager and you won't last too long on an MLB team.
If you would have told me back in the early 1990's that Rueben Amaro Jr. would be the GM of the Phillies in the 00's and that the Phillies would win their second World Series then, I would have though there was no way that the two would happen. Amaro Jr did play for the Phillies, as did his father, but really came out of nowhere when it came time for super GM, Pat Gillick, to retire from the GM spot. Yes, Amaro Jr. has been in the Phillies organization and brought into the management team by Ed Wade, who really assembled the basis of the Phillies team that won the 2008 World Series. Amaro Jr. took the reigns of a team that already had been turned into a juggernaut and he is now at the helm.
Amaro's turn for contract extension is rumored to happen soon. When the Phillies were signing big money free agents, Amaro would joke at the meetings that he too would benefit monetarily from the contract signings. Now with the rumored contract extension, that seems likely.
Football may be headed for a lock out, but MLB baseball is just chugging along. The days of $20-25 million dollar ballplayers and the most expensive price that the Phillies have ever charged to see a baseball game our upon us. How long baseball in Philadelphia will be as popular as it is now is anyone's guess. The city loves a winner, and that is hopefully what the Phillies will keep continuing to produce.