The Associated Press is reporting that the Philadelphia Phillies will soon announce that former Indians skipper Charlie Manuel (above) is the club’s new manager.

With names such as Jim Leyland, Jim Fregosi, Don Baylor and Grady Little in contention for the Philly job, this is a mild surprise.

Deposed manager Larry Bowa is said to be mulling a coaching offer from the Marlins’ Jack McKeon.

Earlier today, the Astros announced that interim manager Phil Garner now has the gig, full-time.