Phillies extend Manuel through 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - December 9, 2008

General manager /*Ruben Amaro*/ rewarded Manuel on Tuesday for leading the Phillies to the NL East title and their first championship since 1980. /*Charlie Manuel*/ also led the Phillies to the division title in 2007.

Manuel hasn't had a losing record in four seasons with Philadelphia (648-354). He wasn't an instant hit when he replaced /*Larry Bowa*/, but has since become a fan favorite in Philly.

He led the Phillies to the World Series only weeks after his mother, June Manuel, died during the NLCS.

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