Phils' Manuel not thinking retirement

Phils' Manuel not thinking retirement

PHILADELPHIA -- Braves manager Bobby Cox is retiring after the season. He is 69.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre is stepping down after the season, too. He is 70.

So what about Phillies manager Charlie Manuel? Has he thought about retirement? He is 66, and his contract only runs through 2011.

"I could see myself managing at 85," Manuel said before Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. "Pennsylvania is known to have old coaches and managers. What the heck?"

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is 83. Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics in 1950, when he was 87. The oldest manager in Phillies history? MLB.com looked it up and it's none other than Manuel.

Manuel likes to call himself a 24-hour-a-day baseball guy. He sure sounded like it Saturday.

"I don't go nowhere," Manuel said. "I go home and I come to the ballpark. I go home and I come to the ballpark. I go home, come to the ballpark, airplane, go on the airplane, go to the hotel. That's all I do. Sometimes I'll walk to the ballpark. That's all I do. I don't go to bars. I don't go nowhere. If I was younger I'd go to the bars. What do you want me to say? I think I've seen about all there is to see."