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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Unacceptable managing

More from Charlie Manuel about Victorino's baserunning mistake last night (he was thrown out stealing second in the 9th inning with the tying run at the plate):

"That was a mistake. You've got to know when to run. I could stop him, but at the same time you'd like to think that you won't make mistakes like that. . . . If he got a good jump, he could make that, but in a situation like that, we're two runs down and we don't run there."

So, Manuel admits that he could have given Victorino the hold sign, but he would rather let his players do the thinking for him. And, if "we don't run there," then there would have been a hold sign. If you're a Phillies fan, you have to be more upset at Manuel than Victorino for the mistake. Bad baserunning, worse managing.

EDIT: The worst part about this entire situation is that NOBODY is blaming (or even questioning) the fact that Manuel did not tell Victorino to hold at first base. The print media and Comcast both highlight Manuel's correcting Victorino after the mistake, but, of course, nobody has the guts to point out the real problem. Except, I guess, a website that gets between 20 and 35 hits per day.

1 comment:

Henry Rowengartner said...

Same goes for the 3-0 pitch right down the middle to Paulino. Manuel should have taken that decision from Moyer and told him to walk Paulino once he got to 3-0 with the pitcher on deck.