By Lesley Van Arsdall

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The day after he was dismissed by the Phillies, Charlie Manuel was greeting fans and signing autographs at the Granite Run Mall.

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Given the circumstances, most people would probably not have honored that commitment , but not Charlie. He was supposed to stay an hour and a half, yet spent nearly two and a half hours there. That’s just how Charlie is, a class act.

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It shouldn’t have ended the way it did for Charlie. Fired just days after he won his 1,000th game as a major league manage, Manuel is the most successful manager in Phillies history: almost nine years and 780 wins and a World Series title. He was handed a team with a depleted bullpen, an aging core and a team completely dependent on its starting rotation. What more could he have done?

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Ryne Sandberg, good luck.