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The Philadelphia Phillies have decided to add two more years to the contract of manager Charlie Manuel. Apparently, winning four straight division titles works wonders for job security.

You know when you compare me to a Gomer Pyle or an Andy Griffith, at least you could put me on the Dukes of Hazard”. – Charlie Manuel, quoted by AP, November 2, 1999

During Manuel’s tenure in Philadelphia, the Phillies not only won the franchise’s second championship in its nearly130-year history, but also compiled an N.L.-best 544-428 record. By any organization’s standards, Manuel’s run of success has been impressive. In Philadelphia, it has been unprecedented.

The Philadelphia Phillies have had 51 managers, a list that Manuel already tops in terms of average finish (admittedly, a figure that can be misleading because Manuel has managed in the five-team NL East). He also ranks fourth in winning percentage (among managers with at least one full season) and wins, two lists he could possibly top if the 2011 team fulfills its wild expectations. What’s more, if Manuel lasts through the end of the extension, which culminates in 2013, he would also wind up with the most games managed in Phillies’ history.

Top-10 Managers in Phillies History, Ranked by Wins

Manager Yrs From To G W L Pct AvRk
Gene Mauch 9 1960 1968 1332 646 684 0.486 5.5
Harry Wright 10 1884 1893 1227 636 566 0.529 3.7
Danny Ozark 7 1973 1979 1105 594 510 0.538 2.5
Charlie Manuel 6 2005 2010 972 544 428 0.560 1.3
Jim Fregosi 6 1991 1996 894 431 463 0.482 3.7
Red Dooin 5 1910 1914 775 392 370 0.514 4.2
Eddie Sawyer 8 1948 1960 817 390 423 0.480 4.7
Burt Shotton 6 1928 1933 923 370 549 0.403 6.3
Bill Shettsline 5 1898 1902 677 367 303 0.548 4.1
Larry Bowa 4 2001 2004 645 337 308 0.522 2.5

Source: Baseball-reference.com

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