Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has suffered a stroke, the team reported Saturday.
The Phillies posted a message on X (formerly Twitter) that the 79-year-old Manuel suffered the stroke while undergoing a medical procedure. Doctors immediately removed a blood clot.
“The next 24 hours will be crucial to his recovery, and Charlie’s family asks that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers at this time,” the Phillies statement read.
The Phillies have been informed that while undergoing a medical procedure today in a Florida hospital, Charlie Manuel suffered a stroke. The hospital was able to attend to Charlie immediately and subsequently remove a blood clot. The next 24 hours will be crucial to his recovery,…
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 16, 2023
The popular Manuel, who played six MLB seasons, joined the Phillies as manager in 2005. He managed the team to five consecutive first-place finishes in the NL East, capped by a World Series championship in 2008. He remains a beloved figure in Philly, where he returned for a stint as hitting coach after parting ways with the team in 2013.
His 780 victories as manager are a Phillies record. But beyond the numbers, however, Manuel has seemingly made a positive impression on everyone, a sentiment reflected in the massive outpouring of support for him on social media Saturday.
OH MY GOD. PLEASE BE OKAY CHARLIE
— IcyVert (@IcyVert) September 16, 2023
Prayers up for Charlie Manuel. Hoping he will be ok. Philly loves you, Uncle Cholly. ♥️⚾️ pic.twitter.com/0NXXUyIkIa
— Brooklyn (@Brookie425) September 16, 2023
Get well soon Charlie. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
— Jacob Meaks-Meakin (@MeakinJacob) September 16, 2023
Praying for Charlie Manuel 🙏
Him telling Howard Eskin “I’ll knock you out” at a press conference is an all-timer. Love the guy. pic.twitter.com/P7cSUI2U89
— Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) September 16, 2023
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) September 16, 2023
Ive always thought of Charlie Manuel as someone who needs a statue of himself at citizens bank park because he was our coach who took the phillies to the world series in 2008 and won. Kinda like how theres a harry Kalas statue at citizens bank park. #Phillies
— Lizzy MacDonald (@Lizzard899) September 16, 2023
Dear Charlie Manuel: Many prayers coming from my way and probably every person you ever met. You truly are one of the most likable people ever to wear a baseball uniform. God please give Charlie the strength to go home to his loved ones and recover this ordeal. Love you Charlie!
— Our Krazy House (@ourkrazyhouse) September 16, 2023