Yesterday the Phillies made changes to manager Ryne Sandberg’s coaching staff, including adding Larry Bowa as bench coach and parting ways with assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner, and now they’re trying to bring their old manager back into the fold in some capacity too.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Charlie Manuel, who was fired late in the season and replaced by Sandberg, has been offered “an undisclosed position in the organization.”
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. met with Manuel recently to discuss a possible return, calling it “a real good discussion” and revealing that “we made him an offer.”
Considering his experience and reputation across baseball Manuel no doubt has a bunch of job offers from which to choose and at age 69 it’s also possible that he’ll decide to take some time off or perhaps even call it a career.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.