Manuel's status in Philly after 2013 uncertain

Manuel's status in Philly after 2013 uncertain
April 3, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is the second oldest skipper in the majors to Davey Johnson and, just like his N.L. East counterpart, does not have a contract for next season. While Johnson, 70, has said he plans to retire, Manuel has said no such thing.  

The 69-year-old Manuel is the most successful manager in Phillies history, but has a clear heir apparent in third base coach Ryne Sandberg. As to whether the team will negotiate a deal to keep Manuel after this season, general manager Ruben Amaro told that will have to wait.

“We’re going to talk at the end of the year. We haven’t discussed anything and we won’t discuss anything until then,” he said.

Amaro believes the lame duck status of Manuel will not be a distraction this season for the Phillies. He says the decision to shelve contract talks until this offseason was the plan all along and mutual between he and Manuel.

“I’m not worried about anything,” he said. “The players are not worried about anything. We just have to go play.”

Manuel and Amaro both believe there will no issue this season, no distractions, but it will certainly be something to watch. At some point the questions will probably come up again.