October 05, 2006

Bad, Bad Mental Image, Bill

Headline from Bill Conlin's column this morning in the Philadelphia Daily News: "Charlie [Manuel]'s Massages Don't Have Happy Endings"

Ick. Ick ick ick. Even more icky is how Conlin would know. Ick.

Yes, much to the consternation of the Phillies fan base, they have brought back Manuel to manage them for another year, despite missing the playoffs, and despite the fact that he's massively hated by the vast majority of fans due to his Southern drawl, and sometimes-questionable game time decisions. (Three assistant coaches were fired.)

I think Charlie's at best an average manager, but still not quite the idiot that everyone thinks he is. The players seem to come to play for him, and they charged back -after their own GM gave up on them- to stay in the wild card race until the second-to-last day of the season. He earned the chance to at least start next season in the dugout.

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 5, 2006 10:29 AM
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