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Former Cleveland Indians manager Charlie Manuel suffers stroke

The Philadelphia Phillies, whom Manuel led to a World Series title in 2008, says he had a blood clot removed after suffering the stroke during a medical procedure.

ST. LOUIS — Former manager Charlie Manuel suffered a stroke Saturday while undergoing a medical procedure in a Florida hospital, the Philadelphia Phillies announced.

Manuel "has made progress over the past 12 hours, and his doctors are encouraged," the team said Sunday, a day after the 79-year-old had a blood clot removed. They cited his wife, Missy.

"Charlie feels the love from his Phillies family and fans," the team said. "Missy believes the incredible support is aiding in his recovery."

Manuel managed the Phillies for nine seasons from 2005-13 and guided them to a World Series championship in 2008. He also served as the Cleveland Indians' hitting coach during much of the 1990s before a stint as a manager from 2000-02, leading the Tribe to a 220-190 record including an American League Central Division championship in 2001.

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Charlie Manuel during his tenure as manager of the Cleveland Indians.

Under Manuel, the Phillies won five consecutive NL East titles from 2007-11. 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 adviser to the general manager.

Manuel also played six seasons in the majors as an outfielder with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969-75.


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