Manuel Inks Two-Year Deal

The Phillies moved quickly to end any speculation about the future of Charlie Manuel when they signed him to a two-year extension.

Charlie Manuel didn't get what he ultimately wanted out of the season, but he did get the Phillies to the post-season for the first time since 1993. That, combined with his overall 262-224 (.539) record as the Phillies manager, led the Phillies to give him a two-year extension with a team option for the 2010 season.

"I am very happy to be back for another two years," said Manuel. "I'm proud of what the team accomplished this year and I'm looking forward to defending our division title and reaching our goal of winning a World Series for Philadelphia."

Manuel became the fastest manager to 250 wins with the Phillies in almost 90 years. He is also the first manager in that time to put up winning seasons in each of his first three seasons. Manuel's career mark of 482-414 (.538) is the eighth best among all active managers and his division title with the Phillies this season was his second as a manager. Manuel also took the Cleveland Indians to an AL Central title in 2001.

"We love what Charlie brings to the ballpark every day, which is an up-beat, positive attitude that rubs off on the players," said Gillick. "He helped lead our club back to the playoffs and he and his coaching staff did a great job, especially with the injury issues they faced throughout the season with a number of key players."

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