Manuel responds to questions about job status

Manuel responds to questions about job status

PHILADELPHIA -- General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week that Charlie Manuel has done a "fantastic job" as Phillies manager.

In fact, he said he should not even have to answer questions about Manuel's job status.

"We haven't played well," Amaro said.

But with the Phillies taking a 37-50 record into the All-Star break, the heat is being turned up on everybody. So Manuel was asked Sunday at Citizens Bank Park if he is concerned he might take the fall for the team's disappointing play.

"How concerned am I? I've got a lot of confidence in myself," said Manuel, whose contract runs through next season. "And I am a fighter. And not only that, I think I'm a winner."

Manuel then presented the places he has won as a player and manager, both in the big leagues, Minor Leagues and Japan.

"I've been a winner ever since I've been in the game," he said. "I've got a lot of confidence. I'll do my job as hard as I possibly can, and as hard as I possibly can, and that's all I can do. The rest is out of my control."