There's so much to say about Charlie Manuel's time as manager of the Phillies. Here, I'll just focus on his wins. We all know he now has 1000 wins in his career, 780 of them for the Phillies.
But did you know that those 780 wins are the most in the NL since Manuel started in 2005? And fourth in the majors? That may sound unbelievable given the .500 year in 2012 and the horrible play this year, but the Phillies under Manuel were so good from 2005 through 2011 that the subsequent two down years didn't change the team's spot in the NL.
Here are the top 10 teams since 2005:
So Manuel's Phillies have been the best in the NL over his time at the helm. How about over Phillies history? I'll throw out this year because it's still not in the books, but how does his eight year reign from 2005 to 2012 compare to other 8 year segments in Phillies history?
It shouldn't be a surprise to say that Manuel's 8 full years are the best in Phillies history. Over the course of 2005 through 2012, the Phillies averaged 90.9 wins per year. (One other 8 year stretch is better, but that's from 2004 to 2011, so it's hard to count that since it has 7 overlapping years, all Manuel's.) The only other independent 8 year stretch that is even close is 1976 through 1983. Over those 8 years, the Phillies averaged 88.1 wins per season.
Here are the top 5 independent 8 year stretches for the Phillies:
How about Charlie's peak with the Phillies? That's also the best in Phillies history. The peak for Charlie were the five consecutive playoff years - 2007 to 2011. Over those five years, Charlie's Phillies averaged an incredible 94.6 wins per season. That's an amazing run. Not surprisingly, the team had one other 5 year run that compared, from 1976 to 1980. But over those five years, the Phillies averaged over 1 less win per season - 93.4.
Here are the top 5 independent 5 year stretches for the Phillies:
There's no two ways about it. Charlie Manuel was the best manager the Phillies ever had. His teams won the most games in the NL over the course of his time as manager. His complete 8 year stretch was the best in Phillies history. And his peak five years were the best in Phillies history.