Charlie Manuel, Hall of Famer? It could happen.
Four months after his prized pupil, slugger Jim Thome, was enshrined in Cooperstown, Manuel was listed among 10 candidates eligible for induction on the "Today's Game Era" ballot, the Hall of Fame announced. Results of the voting will be announced on Dec. 9.
Manuel, who guided the Phillies to five consecutive division titles from 2007 through 2011 and a World Series championship in 2008, is among three former managers on the ballot, joining Davey Johnson and Lou Piniella. Also up for consideration: Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, and Lee Smith for their careers as players, and late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
A 16-person committee appointed by the Hall of Fame will vote on the "Today's Game Era" ballot, with 12 votes required for election. The committee meets twice in a five-year period and not again until 2021. Two years ago, former commissioner Bud Selig and ex-Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz were elected.
Manuel, 74, racked up 1,000 wins in 12 seasons as a manager, nine with the Phillies. He led a team to a first- or second-place finish nine times, and his .548 winning percentage ranks 16th all-time among managers with at least 1,000 victories.
Before becoming a manager, Manuel was a hitting coach, most notably with the powerful Cleveland Indians offenses in the late 1990s.
Nola named a Cy finalist
It's official: Aaron Nola was one of the top three pitchers in the National League this season.
After turning in the best year of his brief career, the Phillies ace was named Monday as a finalist for the NL Cy Young award, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced. The designation means that Nola is one of the three top vote-getters for the award for the league's best pitcher. He's joined by the aces of two division rivals — the Mets' Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer of the Nationals.
The 25-year-old righthander was the Phillies' opening-day starter and finished with a 2.37 ERA. He eclipsed the 200-inning mark for the first time in his career.
Cy Young winners for both leagues will be announced on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m.
Nola will be the first Phillies pitcher to finish in the top three in a Cy Young balloting since Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee were second and third, respectively, in 2011. Halladay was the Phillies' last Cy Young winner in 2010.