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Manuel Signs Two-Year Extension

It’s official.

Charlie Manuel has signed a two-year contract extension with the Phillies. Manuel is signed through the 2013 season. Terms were not discolosed, but it is believed to be in the $7 million to $8 million range.

“We are pleased to have come to terms with Charlie,” Amaro said in a statement. “He has been an integral part of the success we’ve had over the past several years. There was little doubt that he was going to continue to be our skipper past his current contract and we look forward to the next three years with the hopes of continued success.”

The Phillies have had the best record in the National League (544-428) since Manuel’s first season in 2005. He also has led the team to four consecutive National League East titles (2007-10), two NL pennants (2008-09) and one World Series Championship (2008).

Manuel is one of only two managers in NL history to win four-straight division titles since divisional play began in 1969 (Bobby Cox won 14-straight with Atlanta, 1991-93; 1995-2005).

Manuel and Amaro will meet with reporters at 10 a.m. to discuss the deal.

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From yesterday: the Phillies react to Chase Utley‘s injury and Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge said Utley should be ready to play through a lot of pain this season.

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Victorino Still Trails, Ibanez Back By Friday


victorino grammys.jpgShane Victorino
and Pablo Sandoval are in a close race for the final roster spot on the Naitonal League All-Star team.

MLB.com said in a news release that just two percentage points separates Victorino and Sandoval. Victorino apparently took the lead again last night, but lost the lead again this afternoon.

Voting runs through 4 p.m. tomorrow.

The Tigers and Phillies have teamed up to get Victorino and Brandon Inge selected, which could be a good thing for the Phillies because Inge just pulled into the lead in the American League’s Final Vote.

Even if Victorino doesn’t win the Final Vote, he has a good chance at making the team. Carlos Beltran officially is off the roster because of an injury. Fans voted Beltran as a starter, which is important. If Beltran had made the team on the player ballot, Manuel would have to choose the next highest player on the player ballot. But because Beltran won the fan vote, it is believed he can choose whomever he wishes.

We’ll see.

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Charlie Manuel said on a conference call earlier today that Raul Ibanez could play Friday night against the Pirates. Ibanez will workout with the Phillies today and play tomorrow for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, which would be his final rehab appearance.

Assuming things go well for Ibanez over the weekend against the Pirates, he likely would play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday in St. Louis.

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