Former coach Charlie Manuel suffered a stroke Saturday while undergoing a medical procedure at a Florida hospital, the Philadelphia Phillies Announced.
“The hospital was able to treat Charlie immediately and subsequently remove a blood clot,” the team said. “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.”
Manuel, 79, managed the Phillies for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013 and led them to a World Series championship in 2008. He also spent three years managing in Cleveland from 2000 to 2002.
Under Manuel, the Phillies won five consecutive NL East titles between 2007 and 2011. They beat the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 World Series for the city’s first major professional sports championship since 1983.
Philadelphia won another National League pennant in 2009 before losing to the New York Yankees in the World Series.
Manuel was fired by the Phillies in 2013 when the club got off to a 53-67 start.
Manuel compiled a 1,000-826 record as a major league manager, including 780 wins with the Phillies. He was inducted into the team’s Wall of Fame in 2014. He rejoined the organization that year to work as a senior advisor to the general manager.
Manuel also played six seasons in the majors as an outfielder with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969 to 1975. He then played six more seasons with the Nippon Professional in Japan. Baseballwhere he became a tremendously popular figure and was named Pacific League Most Valuable Player with the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1979.