Charlie Manuel frequently makes poor strategic decisions. The 11-million dollar scoreboard in left field would probably do a similar job. We guarantee a post analyzing Manuel's decisions for every Phillies game. Please click on our aliases below to email us.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I realize that Frandsen is injured and may not be able to run the bases, but Manuel didn't pinch-run for Frandsen until he reached second base (Frandsen reached on an infield single, then advanced to second on a single from Rollins). If Frandsen is so injured that he can't run the bases and requires a pinch-runner, then shouldn't have this happened immediately after he reached first base? And, why is Cliff Lee, owed almost 100 million dollars in future seasons, the option off the bench for this task? Shouldn't Lee's health be more important than Frandsen, by a magnitude of about ten thousand or so? The Phillies already had the lead -- Lee's run would have extended the lead to three, so it was not a crucial run -- which makes the move even more mystifying.
Finally, if these games are important enough where we need to tap into one of the most expensive players of all-time to pinch-run, then I think it's time they promote a speedy minor leaguer. After all, we're spending 11 million dollars on a completely useless scoreboard in left field, but we can't muster up the cash to pay a AA player to run the bases a couple times in September.
No one thought twice about Lee's appearance Sunday; but you know damned well that the city would have imploded had Lee been injured on a play at the plate. Hypocrisy at its finest.