Tag Archives: Charlie Manuel

Don’t Look at Gary Cederstrom

23 May

(US Presswire)

When runs are coming at a minium, you can’t afford to be without your best hitter.

But if your best hitter should happen to look at Gary Cederstrom the wrong way, then anything is possible.

In the top of the third inning Carlos Ruiz was ejected from the game when he questioned a call on a pitch by Roy Halladay.

“Chooch said he just told the umpire, ‘That was a strike,’ and when he looked up at him he threw him out of the game,” Manuel said. “When I went out there, the ump said, ‘He was looking at me and I threw him out.’ “

Great.

I suppose that Cederstrom thought that Chooch was showing him up, but really, who is showing up who here?  Sometimes the umpiring crews need to let stuff go, and stop trying to interject themselves into the game so much.

Joe West must have written a handbook for these guys or something…

Roy Halladay was in the middle of coughing up 4 runs to Nationals at the time of the incodent, and you could tell he was less then pleased with the ejection of his catcher.

“I didn’t see anything wrong with what he did,” Halladay said. “He didn’t use obscene language. He simply said it was a strike. I’ve never seen one like that before. It’s unfortunate. He’s our best player and he got run out of the game for saying a ball was a strike. I’ve never seen that before.”

Ruiz had already left the complex when the team was made available to the media.

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Mike Schmidt Takes on New Role in Phillies Camp

27 Feb

Photo: Miles Kennedy/Phillies

Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt is a regular every season at the Phillies Spring Training camp in Clearwater Florida, but usually spends just a week or two with the club.  This season Schmidt has agreed to stay and spend more time with the club at the request of Charlie Manuel and the Phillies, saying that he may hang around until about the middle of March.  I can’t think of anyone better then the best position player ever to come out of the Phillies organization.

In the past Schmidt has spent his time floating around and working with hitters in a minimal role, but this season plans to get involved in a more one-on-one basis with the players, and talk more about hitting, and what goes along with that.

“There will be times when I chat with guys about mechanics, but for the most part, the additions I’m going to offer this year are in-game strategies like, ‘Let’s be more aggressive in fastball counts, let’s be tougher to strike out, let’s figure out a way to give up fewer at-bats,’” Schmidt said. “A guy like me is only good if there are ears that want to listen. I never said I’m the end-all when it comes to that, but I’m a sounding board for guys, and I enjoy it.”

There were plenty of outcries this offseason for the Phillies to add to their offense, and they did that in a way.  They added some better bats to their bench in Jim Thome, Laynce Nix, and Ty Wigginton, but other then that the names are pretty familiar.  What Schmidt wants to do, with reinforcment from Thome, is get the hitters to reconsider their approach to everything.

“Can you change a guy’s approach? Yeah, you can get a guy to think about his role and profession. You can get him to think about being great at it and get him to understand it takes applying your mind more to your craft. You can get a guy to change the way he goes about his pre-game work.”

“You can get a guy to think more about his craft,” Schmidt said. “You need to come to the park and be darn sure you know who’s pitching tonight for starters, and I’ve heard stories that there have been occasions where guys might come and ask the hitting coach who’s pitching tonight.  I can’t even fathom that… It takes applying your mind more to your craft.”

Schmidt also said that he thinks he knows how Ryan Howard feels about being “That guy.”

“I’ve been in his shoes,” Schmidt said.  “He and I were the clean-up hitters, and the guy expected to come through, and the guy making the most money.  We probably get the most opportunities to make things happen, so we probably fail more then anybody, so the focus is probably on us.”

Schmidt isn’t trying to call anyone out, but he feels that this collection of guys has more then enough pop to get into the Postseason, and go all the way.  It’s just a matter of having the right mental approach, physical ability, and a little bit of luck.

It’ll be nice having two Hall of Famers in Schmidt, and Ryne Sandberg in camp for an extended period of time.

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Meet Charlie Manuel and Support Special Olympics

27 Feb

You could win this signed ball!!!

This is for any fans that are currently down in Florida for Spring Training.  Come down and meet Charlie Manuel at this great event that’s being held on Thursday March 1st from 3-6 P.M. in Sarasota, Florida at Forum Salon. 100% of proceeds will go to Special Olympics of Sarasota County. Charlie will be signing autographs for a 5$ donation and has also donated some great Phillies memorabilia including…

• A 2008 and 2009 team signed World Series Balls

• A 2009 All Star ball

• A Chase Utley autographed bat

• Balls signed by Hunter Pence, and Shane Victorino

• 3 hats signed by Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Ryan Howard.

The 2008 ball is being raffled off for $10 tickets and the rest of the items will be silent auction. There will also be many local businesses with items for auction including a foursome of golf, to scuba lessons, and even a private plane ride! In addition to the auction there will be a free food including an oyster roast by Half Shell Oyster House and hotdogs as well.

Thank you, and pass this along to any fans you know that are in the area.

If you’re not in the area please consider calling 941.365.8165 and finding out how you can make a donation.

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Special thanks to John Colella, a Phanatic Addict! 

A Setback For Howard?

26 Feb

Photo: Miles Kennedy

Ryan Howard has left camp for what is said to be a routine doctors visit in Baltimore. He will be visiting Mark Myerson, the surgeon that repaired his torn Achilles.  This appointment was one that was scheduled a while ago, however Howard will have a small pocket of fluid, called a seroma, examined.

So is this a setback for the slugger?  Charlie Manuel was quoted as saying that Howard had suffered “a little setback,” but Ruben Amaro Jr. said that he wouldn’t categorize it that way.

“We don’t view this as a setback. We don’t view it as an issue. Ryan is doing great. If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be on the field.”

So what is a seroma? Basically it’s a foreign body under the skin that’s working it’s way out, and in Howard’s case it’s a small piece of a stitch.  Some would classify the feeling as similar to a large blister or cyst.

Howard is expected to be back in camp with the Phillies on Wednesday, so as far as weither this is a setback, I’d say that it’s not really anything to be worried about.  The appointment in Baltimore is keeping him away from camp, but if he were still in Florida, he’d be out there on the field.

Howard participated in BP on Saturday, and launched a few balls over the fence, so if that’s any indication of how he’s feeling then I’d say he’s doing OK.

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Manuel Wants Change

24 Feb

Photo: Miles Kennedy

Charlie Manuel wants to see a change in the Phillies approach at the plate, and he wants Jimmy Rollins to set the tone.  The two had a short meeting after Thursday’s BP, and Manuel divulged a little to the media shortly afterward.

“Jimmy can get in the count 2-1, 3-1 quite a bit, then he’ll chase a ball up out of the strike zone and hit a fly ball to center field,” Manuel said. “I talked him about that. … If he looks for a fastball and it’s not a strike, then try to lay off it. Learn and practice that way, and also in the game.”

It starts with Jimmy, but it’s something that the team needs to work on.

“I want to talk to all of our guys,” Manuel said. “I want our guys to talk about hitting. I want guys like Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins and Howard, and Victorino … I want to have more talk about hitting, talking about getting good balls to hit, not giving away at-bats, things like that.

“With our pitching and everything like that, we need to score the runs that we’re supposed to score. If we have a guy on third base with less than two outs early in the game, we need to score one run. If we have two guys on, we need to make sure we score one run, instead of a guy standing there maybe trying to bust the game open.”

Manuel also talked with Rollins about the team’s complacency, energy, and clubhouse atmosphere.  He has been vocal in the past that the energy level of the team at times isn’t where he would like, and doesn’t want the team taking their wins for granted.  He wants the team to talk more about hitting.  Manuel cited how players used to talk about their at-bats after games, and that that doesn’t really happen anymore.

Rollins IS the captain of this team, and needs to lead by example.

Someone else who can lead by example is Jim Thome.  Manuel thinks that the influence that Thome is going to have in the clubhouse is going to be huge, and I have to agree.  Thome and Ryan Howard have already had conversations about Howard’s approach.

Plenty of great stuff happening to report out of Clearwater, and there hasn’t even been a full squad workout yet…

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Welcome Back to Clearwater!

19 Feb

It was a little cloudy today in Clearwater Florida, but it was still absolutely glorious.

The smell of freshly cut grass, and the beautiful sound of baseballs hitting the sweet spot of the catchers mitt was heard bright and early on Sunday at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater.  A little laughter was heard, but still the guys were still all business.  We didn’t have the dog and pony show that we saw last year when we were introduced to the starting staff, and I think that everybody was happy about that.  There is still a sting being felt from the Phillies early exit from the Postseason of 2011.  This team is built to win, and that’s what they plan to do.  This year the Phillies are expected to win the East, but the competition is going to be a lot tougher, and should take a little bit of the spotlight off the Phillies, which is just fine with me.

Day one is in the books.

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Phils Take Game One

2 Oct

So far the NLCS belongs to the Phillies, who blasted the St. Louis Cardinals 11-6 on Saturday night in game one of the best-of-five contest.

Roy Halladay hit a little bump in the road named Lance Berkman in the first inning, but after that settled in nicely and cruised through the next seven innings before turning the game over to the bullpen.  Though Berkman’s homer was a big one Halladay only allowed just three hits in his eight innings of work.  Berkman’s homer got to him, and Roy put it into overdrive.

“He was kind of like a Rocky movie,” Charlie Manuel said. “He got mad after he gave up the homer. That ticked him off and he hung in there and kept going. But he’s special. He’s everything that people talk about.”

Roy put up enough zeros for the Phillies offense to stage a comeback.  And that they did.

As many people remember, the 2010 Postseason ended with Ryan Howard standing at the plate with the bat on his shoulder.  2011′s Postseason run started differently for the big man when Howard blasted a monster 3-run homer off of Kyle Loshe in the bottom of the 6th to give the Phillies the lead. Two batters later Rual Ibanez sent one over the right field fence too, ending Loshe’s night.

The Phillies hitters 1 through six went 13-25, (.520 average) scoring 11 runs.  With that kind of production you have to like our pitchers chances in any match up.

Game Two is tonight with Cliff Lee going against Chris Carpenter. See you there.

Phils Have Work Cut Out for Them in Trade Talks

18 Jul

Trade talks are heating up around MLB, and you’re going to hear a lot of stuff out there about what the Phillies may, or may not do.  Even from me.

Charlie Manuel told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he’d like to see the Phillies add a reliever and a bat this month. The skipper makes it clear that he’s looking for an upgrade, not just a lateral move. If we’re going to get somebody, I want somebody good that will help us, Manuel said. I don’t want someone we’ve already got.”

I’m trying not to read into this too much, but one thing that I think needs to be said is that no matter who the Phillies can trade for, reliever or bat, it’s not going to make a difference if the guys that we have in the lineup don’t do what they are supposed to do.

If Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins can’t find a way to get runs on the board then it won’t matter.

In my weekly column for PhilaPhans.com this week I said that I keep hearing all this “We don’t need to worry, we have the best record in baseball” stuff, but look where that got us last year.  I’d like our team to get past that.  The Phillies are batting .254 against righties and .234 against lefties.  It’s something that needs to be addressed if we want to make a deep run into the playoffs.

A trade could help this team for sure, but there are 25 other guys on this roster already that could make a big difference, too.

Tonight’s game in Chicago show some of the holes.  The back end of the bullpen is still pretty solid, but the middle relief is just plain bad.  I’m done with David Herndon and Andrew Carpenter. Some of this stress is coming because our long man, Kyle Kendrick, is starting because Roy Oswalt is on the disabled list.  I might just be leaning towards an arm over a bat.

Where are the Hits?

26 Jun

Two runs in two games isn’t getting it done.

This picture of Charlie Manuel from the other night in St. Louis says it all.

The Phillies escaped with one run walk-off win on Friday, but one run on Saturday wasn’t enough to get a win for Cole Hamels.  Cole didn’t have his best game, but he surely pitched well enough that he should have won.

Why this team thrives together, and slumps together is really a curious thing.

There were a few momentary brain cramps for the Phillies, too.  Shane Victorino lazily threw a ball back into the infield in the fourth inning, and Coco Crisp took advantage and advanced from second to third.  He scored the go ahead run moments later, but might have been thrown out at the plate if he had been held at second by Victorino.

Domonic Brown heard it from the crowd,he heard it from the announcers, and eventually heard it from Charlie Manuel after he failed to hustle out of the box in the 5th.  The ball he hit was bobbled by Jemile Weeks, so Brown could have gotten to first safely had he been running hard out of the box.

We keep talking about how the Phillies are in first place, and we don’t need to panic, but I think we’re past that point.  The Phillies should have a commanding lead in the N.L. East, more then the 4 games they currently hold over the Braves.  The A’s have great pitching, but we, do too.  Our offense needs to find ways to scratch out wins when the long ball isn’t around.  Remember when this lineup was feared?  Do they?

It was about this point last season when Milt Thompson got the can.  How do you think Greg Gross is feeling?  I can imagine not too comfortable.

Roy Halladay is looking for his 10th win on Sunday.  Here’s hoping that the bats make it easy for him to do his thing.

Charlie Wants a Bat

22 Jun

So what do you guys think of Charlie Manuel’s comments today about getting a right handed bat?  Check it out.

http://tinyurl.com/5rkvs6c

 

But tell me what you think.

 

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