From BR Bullpen
Charles Nelson Manning
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
- School Polk Community College, University of Tampa
- High School Winter Haven High School
- Debut May 24, 2008
- Final Game September 26, 2008
- Born March 31, 1979 in Winter Haven, FL USA
 Biographical Information
Pitcher Charlie Manning was drafted three times. In 1999, the Boston Red Sox drafted him in the 16th round out of Polk Community College, but Manning instead decided to transfer to the University of Tampa and continue his college career. After the 2000 season the Seattle Mariners drafted him in the 9th round (266th overall) but he once again opted to stay in school. Finally after his senior year, the New York Yankees drafted Manning in the 9th round (275th overall).
Manning quickly rose through the Yankees system and was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Aaron Boone. After two years he was sent back to the Yankees for pitcher Gabe White. In 2006 he made the Eastern League All-Star team. He split 2007 between the Trenton Thunder and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, going 4-2, 3.69 with 3 saves. he moved to the Washington Nationals organization after the season and made his Major League debut with that team on May 24 2008. He had gone 19 games with a 1.95 ERA and 6 saves for the Columbus Clippers prior to getting the call.