Phillies extend Manuel through 2011

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel addresses the fans during the celebration of their World Series Championship, Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, in Philadelphia. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Tom Mihalek&#41;</span></div>
December 9, 2008 6:17:09 PM PST
The Phillies have picked up the option for 2010 on manager Charlie Manuel's contract and added a guaranteed year for 2011.

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.