Phillies: Top five managers in franchise history

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 21: Dallas Greene shakes hands with manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies before taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 21: Dallas Greene shakes hands with manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies before taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 31: Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel holds the World Series Trophy at a victory rally at Citizens Bank Park October 31, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to win their first World Series in 28 years. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 31: Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel holds the World Series Trophy at a victory rally at Citizens Bank Park October 31, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to win their first World Series in 28 years. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images) /

1 .  Charlie Manuel (2005 – 2013)

After spending parts of six seasons as a player in the Major Leagues with limited success, Manuel was a prolific power hitter in the Japanese league with 189 home runs and .303 average in six seasons.

Following a run as hitting coach and then manager of the Cleveland Indians, Manuel became Phillies manager in 2004, replacing Larry Bowa.

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 28: (L-R) Ryan Howard
NEW YORK – OCTOBER 28: (L-R) Ryan Howard /

Manuel led the Phillies to consecutive second place finishes in 2005 and 2006 before entering the best era of baseball in team history.  With the likes of Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels, among others, Philadelphia ran off five-consecutive division titles.

The Phillies won their second World Series title in franchise history in 2008 and nearly repeated, losing to the Yankees in six games.

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Continuing their success, the Phillies played in their third consecutive National League Championship in 2010, only to fall short against the Giants.

The Phillies dominated in the 2011 season, compiling a franchise record 102 wins thanks to Hamels, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cliff Lee.

Unfortunately, they fell in the playoffs, failing to reach the league championship series for the first time since 2007.

A team now past it’s prime, the Phillies dropped to 81-81 in 2012 and Manuel was replaced by Ryne Sandberg on August 16, 2013.

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Manuel compiled a franchise-best 780 wins, five division championships, three NLCS appearances, two World Series appearances and one World Series title.

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