Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Charlie Manuel Doesn't Know What To Say

“I’ve wanted to talk to them. I wanted to talk to them in San Diego. But right now at this point I don’t really know what to say to them. That’s kind of how I feel. I mean, I’m going to talk to them. I might go over and talk to them right now. I don’t know. But sooner or later I will talk to them. But right now I don’t know what I want to say.”
~Phillies Manager, Charlie Manuel
It seems clearer than ever before that Charles Fuqua Manuel should no longer be the man at the helm of this team. His strength is supposed to be his even keel demeanor and calming clubhouse influence. He's never been known for solid in-game strategy, and that is rearing its ugly head this season. And now, he doesn't even know what to say to his team. This is a shit team about to be flushed down the toilet.

I don't hate Charlie, nor do I blame him for all this team's faults.  Amaro and the players share in that blame as well.  However,  Manuel's job is to rally the troops, put them in the best position to succeed, and ultimately rule the roost.  That doesn't appear to be the case, so now is the time to move on.  Thanks for the memories...

10 comments:

dawgbones said...

waddya mean, "ABOUT TO BE"?? this is just getting too friggin painful to endure. We deserved to lose that game last night, after being suckered by Wright's "run-down" Orr should be put out of his misery (or at least ours)!!

Corey said...

for some reason, i don't think they should fire manuel. i agree that his "strengths" are not helping the team and that his "weaknesses" are hurting the team. logically then, he should be a good candidate to be fired. however, the real reason this team is losing is a below average offense that is missing its two best hitters, a mess in the bullpen and poor play (situations hitting nauseating...). firing manuel now will just play into the panic that the fans and players are feeling.

firing manuel is an easy fix/change, but he gets a pass because more things are broken...

GM-Carson said...

The bullpen is complete crap. Changes need to happen. Bye-bye Schwimer. Sanches- no thank you. Get me Diekman up here pronto. Kid has great stuff and seems ready by all accounts in AAA.

Contreras needs to get his arm strength back, but should only be working games that are out of hand one way or the other. Qualls is faltering, which seemed likely. Papelbon isn't being used enough. Bastardo is wild as hell. Where's Stutes?

I'm just pissed and disgusted. This team really isn't any good. They have a few bright spots, but they're not bright enough to shine through the murk of all the other crap that is on the roster.

Ben said...

This team has a lot of great things about it. This team has a lot of shit things about it. If that's not a .500 team, I don't know what is. I do think the return of Utley and Howard will provide a psychological boost, but the players we have assembled are not going to win us a title. As fans, we have no choice but to accept it and just try to enjoy the sport of baseball.

C.M.R. said...

maybe do a 2006-style overhaul at the trade deadline? worked then, maybe it'll work now.

Anonymous said...

The's teams obsession with pitching at the expense of everything else is it's problem. When you tie up so much money in starting pitchers that only play three quarters of every fifth game, and essentially allow your offense to wither on the vine, you aren't going to win many games. It takes a balanced team to win a world series. We've known for years that the Phillies offense has been in decline. Why this hasn't been a focus is beyond me. I'd take an all star hitter who plays every single game (offense and defense) and has the potential to score and bring in multiple runs each day, over a pitcher who is amazing but only plays once a rotation and is useless as a batter. This is so fundamental it's shocking that it's being ignored. If this team is strapped for cash, then we shouldn't have 3-4 aces. Two aces, three above average pitchers, and an elite offensive player or two would win a lot more games in my opinion. It's obviously not going to happen this year but I hope next year the mentality on this team begins to change.

GM-Carson said...

Kyle Kendrick is the Phillies 7th inning setup man?

I hate this team.

Jose Contreras has an ERA of 15698.72.

I hate this team.

I really don't even feel like blogging anymore. Not that anyone actually cares, but this is just some straight up bullshit.

Ben said...

Does anyone remember that Cliff Lee Jayson Werth video where the Phillies trade Joe Blanton to Dunkin' Donuts for a Jelly Donut and coffee? If that is the standard, I think we ought to trade Jose Contreras for an unpopped kernel of popcorn, or perhaps a plate of Brussels sprouts.

GM-Carson said...

1- an unpopped kernel of corn still has value...just add heat.

2- Brussels sprouts are great with bacon drippings.

3- fuck this team.

Anthony said...

My thoughts:

1. I think our window closed after last year.

2. Our management turned garbage bullpen pieces into gold during our great run, but it's certainly not the case anymore.

3. We need the next homegrown superstar, but we won't have one for a while. So our team will probably be bad for a few years at least. Again.