Charlie Manuel, the former championship manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, reached some very encouraging milestones in his stroke recovery this past weekend. For starters, he was moved out of intensive care on Sunday, a huge step for stroke patients.
This morning, the Phillies received a positive update from Charlie Manuel’s wife, Missy. Charlie has made progress over the past twelve hours and his doctors are encouraged.
The Manuel family is very grateful for every post on social media. Charlie feels the love of his…
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 17, 2023
Todd Zolecki, Phillies beat writer for MLB.com, reported that Manuel was also awake and talking. He spent Sunday watching the Phillies series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals, reading the numerous text messages sent to his phone and listening to recorded messages from some of his former players, such as Chase Utley , Brad Lidge, Jimmy Rollins and others.
Manuel, 79, suffered a stroke on Saturday while in the middle of a medical procedure. Doctors immediately removed the blood clot, but the next 24 hours were crucial to his recovery, his wife Missy told the Phillies.
The Phillies have learned that while undergoing a medical procedure at a Florida hospital today, Charlie Manuel suffered a stroke. The hospital was able to immediately treat Charlie and then remove a blood clot. The next 24 hours will be crucial for his recovery,…
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 16, 2023
There’s no one quite like Charlie Manuel in Phillies lore. A native of West Virginia, his laid-back and genial personality was an odd fit for Philadelphia’s gruff and gritty exterior, especially since the Phillies hadn’t been to the playoffs in 12 years when he started leading the Phillies in 2005. First. It didn’t take long for Manuel and his easy-going, likable charm to win over Phillies fans.
In 2007, Manuel’s third year with the team, he led them to their first playoff appearance since 1993. Just a year later, he and the entire Phillies forever etched their names in Philadelphia history when they won the second World Series trophy the franchise won, their first since 1980. And if the win itself didn’t turn Manuel into a Philly folk hero, then his speech at the end of the 2008 World Series parade, when he said the words “this is for Philadelphia ” said and tens of thousands of people heard from the fans ecstatically answers back.
Manuel was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2014, just a year after the team fired him (and replaced him with Ryne Sandberg), and has continued to work with them ever since. Only Chase Utley and Jason Kelce hold a similar place in the hearts of Phillies fans, so it’s no wonder Manuel’s wife believes the constant outpouring of love and support they’ve received from Phillies fans in recent days has truly helped him helped to heal. There is enough Manuel-centric positive energy in Philadelphia to cure an entire stadium of Charlie Manuels.
I’m not a religious man, but I pray for Charlie Manuel.
— Tom Levy (@JustTomLevy) September 16, 2023
Forget the Phillies. Charlie Manuel is one of the greatest people ever. We need him. Send positive energy to him.
— Séamus Doyle (@saintseamus) September 16, 2023
I may not know much, but I do know that Charlie Manuel is probably the toughest man I’ve ever had the pleasure of calling my name. He is also one of the friendliest. Don’t stop sending healing vibrations to him and his family, and keep him in your thoughts. You have this, @CMBaseball41 ♥️💪🏻
— Hog Island Press (@hogislandpress) September 17, 2023
Charlie Manuel is a man who defines the attitude and energy of what it’s all about, so damn much, I just need him to live to be 300 years old.
— NBA’s The Slap (@NBCsTheSlap) September 16, 2023
“The Red Demon”
Yagisawa hit Manuel in the face with an 90 mph fastball, leaving him with a broken jaw, broken nose and lost ten teeth. Charlie Manuel returned within seven weeks!
Also managed a pair of foreign baseball players who fought the entire East German hockey team at the Tokyo nightclub,’79
Godspeed https://t.co/ETo22ZSkbk pic.twitter.com/NJ1rCqQgOl
— Jim Koenigsberger (@Jimfrombaseball) September 17, 2023
Yes, I need Charlie Manuel to be okay, otherwise things won’t be okay
— Brian Coulter (@PhilaBCoulter) September 16, 2023