Hokies’ Baseball Night in Blacksburg Headlined by Charlie Manuel


Aug 9, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel speaks to the crowd after he was inducted into the Phillies Hall of Fame before game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Back in 2008, the Virginia Tech Hokies started hosting a Baseball Night in Blacksburg as sort of a kickoff for baseball season for the Hokies. This event always has had some very good featured speakers including Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Jim Palmer along with former closer Billy Wagner, former manager Bobby Valentine, former Virginia Tech manager Chuck Hartman, and two former Hokies in Brad Clontz and Franklin Stubbs.

This year, the Hokies have gotten another prominent guest who also has won a World Series.

Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is the featured guest for the 2015 Baseball Night in Blacksburg. Manuel is an apppropriate choice as the featured guest for this event as Manuel is a native of Southwest Virginia along with being a very successful manager with a World Series ring.

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Manuel won his World Series ring back in 2008 with the Philadelphia Phillies along with winning 2 National League Pennants, and five consecutive National League East division titles during his time in Philadelphia. This is definitely the type of big name that will attract plenty of Virginia Tech alumni to this event.

Having a guy like Maneul at Virginia Tech even for just an evening is something that Virginia Tech manager Patrick Mason should be able to use in recruiting. Having a great manager like Manuel on campus will be good for the current players who can definitely learn a little from someone who has had the type of success Manuel has had.

This event will be at Lane Stadium on February 7th and will be a great way to once again start off the baseball season with actual games not starting too long after this event. This event will also be a great chance for Mason to talk about the direction of the program and tell fans and donors about his plan to get the Hokies back to the postseason and eventually to the College World Series.

There will definitely be plenty of excitement within the Virginia Tech baseball program for the visit of Charlie Manuel to Blacksburg for this event.