Report: Phillies to name Charlie Manuel manager

Updated: December 8, 2004, 7:00 AM ET

BRISTOL, Connecticut - The Philadelphia Phillies apparently have settled on Charlie Manuel as their manager.

ESPN is reporting that the Phillies have chosen Manuel as their next manager.

According to the report, Manuel is expected to be officially introduced at a news conference Thursday. The team could not confirm the report.

Manuel, 60, reportedly got the job over Jim Leyland and Jim Fregosi, who guided the Phillies to their last World Series appearance in 1993. Leyland led the Florida Marlins to a World Series title in 1997.

For the last two seasons, Manuel has served as in the role as a special advisor to general manager Ed Wade.

Manuel spent 2 1/2 seasons as manager of the Cleveland Indians before being fired 87 games into the 2002 campaign. He won 90 games in 2000 and 91 the following season, when the Indians captured the American League Central Division title.

In 2003, Manuel landed with the Phillies. That was the same season slugger Jim Thome, who played under Manuel with the Indians, signed a six-year deal worth over $90 million, with the Phillies.

There had been speculation since last season that Manuel would replace Bowa, whose job security always seemed to be in doubt. Bowa was fired after the Phillies went 86-76 this past season.

In Philadelphia, Manuel would take over a team that underachieved under Bowa, who was fired despite leading the team to a winning record in three of his four seasons. Philadelphia has not made the playoffs since 1993.

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