Wednesday, January 17, 2018

no. 744 - chuck manuel

Who is the man: Chuck Manuel's playing time dipped a bit in his second year in the majors. He appeared in 59 games for the Twins in 1970 and also played some of the year in the minors in Evansville, Ill.

Can ya dig it: Batting cage fun! But the catcher in the background kind of gives away that Manuel is actually outside the batting cage.

Right on: I just love cards of players who are better known as managers. It's even better when they have a different first name than they did as a manager.

You see that cat Manuel is a bad mother: Chuck/Charlie Manuel led the Phillies to back-to-back World Series appearances in 2008 and 2009 and to the Series title in 2008.

Shut your mouth: Manuel's father committed suicide in 1963. In a suicide note, he asked that Manuel take care of his mother and siblings. Manuel, who had a scholarship to play basketball for the University of Pennsylvania, instead took the Twins' offer of $30,000 to play baseball.

No one understands him but his woman: Manuel played six years in Japan and won the league's MVP award in 1979. Manuel learned how to speak Japanese, which helped him during his managing career.

(A word about the back): I'm assuming the record Manuel and Allison tied was most pinch-hit home runs hit by one team in one game. The Cardinals broke the record for pinch-hit home runs in a game in 2016 with three.

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