A Tribute To Charlie Manuel

I have a small selection of older Charlie Manuel cards that I was hoping to share under happier circumstances, but managers are hired to be fired. I don’t know why they couldn’t let Charlie finish out the season, other than to give Ryne Sandberg a test drive… But given the situation, I can’t imagine how badly Ryno would have to go down in flames to NOT come back next year.

Charlie Manuel played parts of 6 seasons in the majors, mostly with the Twins…
1970 Topps Chuck Manuel

He also played in Japan from 1976 to 1981.
1979 TCMA Japanese Charlie Manuel

After his playing career, he managed in the minors for a number of years before getting hired by the Indians before the 2000 season.
1991 Line Drive Charlie Manuel

Manuel’s been involved in professional baseball since 1963… it’s a shame he wasn’t given the opportunity to go out on a better note, but Ruben Amaro’s not going to fire himself.