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Thursday, August 30, 2012
When Chase Utley hits a pop-up, he drops his head in the batters box, curses himself, and then decides to run. Yes, he runs faster than Rollins, but he doesn't always run full speed, and when he does, he still doesn't get out of the box as quickly as possible (because of the head-drop). Charlie Manuel will be found hanging in Ashburn Alley before he ever benches Utley because of hustle, yet it's perfectly okay for the manager to constantly put undue media attention on the shortstop who: 1) probably took a discount to stay in Philly (and if he didn't then the other 29 GMs should be shot); 2) is signed through 2014, which means he will be here longer than Manuel; and 3) constantly produces elite defensive value combined with above-average offense for a SS. I thought this guy was a player's manager!
This constant benching of Rollins for not hustling screams of desperation from a manager trying to save his job. I dont't even care about the game itself (it's in the Phillies' best interest to lose anyway, for a protected draft pick when they inevitably give Michael Bourn 300 million dollars); in fact, the game isn't even over yet. Regardless of what Manuel does the rest of the game, it will not be worse than overusing-then-benching his only healthy infielder. What an asbolute disgrace.