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Charlie Manuel Will Do the [Expletive] Managing, Thank You Very Much

Jun 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT


If you think you’re fed up watching the Phillies, imagine how Charlie Manuel must feel. He has to watch this team and talk about this team that is now mired in a season-long five-game losing streak after a 4-3 loss in Minnesota on Wednesday night.

The pressure might be finally starting to get to Fightins’ manager. Manuel went on a bit of rant while speaking with reporters before yesterday’s game, specifically when pressed about Ryan Howard batting cleanup despite the fact that the first baseman has only hit one home run in his last 111 plate appearances. Via Matt Gelb:

“What the [expletive] are you getting at?” Manuel said. “Who’s going to hit there? Let me ask you a question. Let me turn that around some. Write what you want to write.”

It was suggested that Domonic Brown could bat there.

“I could put anybody in there, OK?” Manuel said. “Really, if you think about it. I’ll do the managing. Whoever hits there, hits there.”

Fair enough. I will do the blogging, Charlie can do the managing. And as long as Charlie is doing the managing, Howard can do the cleanup hitting apparently. Now everybody back away slowly…

>> Irked Manuel rants about offense, consistency [CSN]

  1. GTown_Dave - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    And if history is indicative of future events, he’ll continue to do it [expletive] poorly.

    • Lol - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      * Winningest coach in Phillies history
      * One of two Phillies coaches to win World Series
      * Still not good enough for some

      • Mike S - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        Cmon the team won a WS despite him, not because of him. He has done a poor job for the last 3 seasons. The “AW Shucks” routine has worn thin, as has his poor management skills.

    • Von9 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      I love Charlie. I respect his loyalty. He had a great run. He will always be a winner. But the club has failed to address the decline of their core lineup, him included. His players on the field today are weak in every area, even the most fundamental.

  2. Dan - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Why start now?

  3. 33 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    I think “anybody” deserves a shot.

  4. Jay D - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    piss poor old players…..
    gotta blame someone…sorry charlie

    • Jay D - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      and poor young players

  5. V02 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    An overly sensitive and defensive manager is a clear sign that the end is nigh.

    • willh888 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      except for that time in 2008 when he tried to tear through reporters and clubhouse employees to rip Howard Eskin in half. Was the summer of 2008 the end?

      • V02 - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        By many accounts, Eskin had it coming. This was just a simple, legit question about batting order.

      • willh888 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        MIchael Young lead off a few times this year. Why do hacks act like this guy won’t change anything? Ben Revere lead off for about 2 weeks when Charlie realized he didn’t know how to get on base. The hacks are always chirpin’ but never observing

  6. Von9 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I’m surprised it took this long for this to become an issue. Where exactly in the lineup DO you hit a 280 pound rally-killer with no mobility and zero plate discipline? A cleanup “power hitter” that can’t hit fastballs anymore… start counting the Losses Above Replacement.

  7. galasso2586 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Charlie has done great and I’ll always love the guy, but enough is enough and it’s time for a change. Let him finish out the season and let him walk away. If he wants to keep managing he can do it somewhere else and I will wish him the best of luck as long as his interests don’t interfere with ours.

  8. heeto - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Not for [expletive] long.


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