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Friday, September 14, 2012

Game 144: Charlie Manuel blows another game (72-72)

Well, Charlie Manuel has proven yet again that he doesn't understand what a high-leverage situation is, and he allowed Jake Diekman to throw the most important pitches of the game -- the season -- last night with 2 outs and 2 men on base. He allowed both runners to score, and he allowed one of his own batters to score, as well. The result was a 4-3 lead (with only 4 outs to go) turned into a 6-4 deficit because Manuel allowed a rookie left-handed reliever to face three right-handed batters for the most important plate appearances in the season. Jonathan Papelbon is making more money than than the entire continent of South America (and allowing Phillippe Aumont to finish the inning was a better option than Diekman), yet we don't have a manager who will use him for 4 outs. If Papelbon ends up taking 66 pitches to complete a 3-out save, you know damned well Manuel will allow him to throw all 66 pitches as long as they come before he gives up the lead. But he can't be used for 4 outs. Nope. I'll leave you with this disgusting fact about Charlie Manuel, from yesterday's edition of

Manuel said it was only about a week ago that he realized he had this wild-card thing all wrong. He kept looking at Atlanta, the team leading the wild-card standings, and forgot that the second team in the order was the one the Phillies were really chasing. Even then, though, he wasn't too excited.

And this was from a column supporting Charlie Manuel. The manager of the Philadelphia Phillies did not understand the playoff format until September. He will receive no local publicity about this horrendous fact, and he will certainly receive no national publicity, even though this is INFINITELY worse than Donovan McNabb not realizing a game could end in a tie. How is this even possible?


Anonymous said...

Classic Moronuel:

Aumont pitched in both games of a doubleheader on Sunday and in each of the last three games.

"That is a lot of pitching for him [Aumont] and I did feel like he was out of gas," Manuel said. "The more he stayed out there, you could see that he didn't have the stuff he had yesterday."

"The percentages in baseball, sooner or later you are going to get beat," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "At the same time, I didn't mean for it to happen tonight."

Aumont was lucky to get the first 2 outs -- went 3-0 on Maxwell and got 2 low strike calls before a flyout, then got bailed out by a great Kratz throw for the second out. After walking the next guy on 5 pitches any sane person could see he was toast but Moronuel keeps him in to hit the guy with his first pitch, creating a high-leverage situation for Diekman. Should've brought in De Fratus with 2 out and only a guy on first.

But this is Moronuel's world...

Gnocchi said...


Biggest downside to this late run is it guarantees that Sorry Charlie will be back to continue to blow games next season. Will this torture ever end?

Anonymous said...

Good call. The latest from the lapdog Philly media:

Sam Dumbellon: Don't be so fast to dismiss Phils' Manuel

Robby Bonfire said...

I stated, perhaps a month ago, that as soon as the Phillies are officially done for the season you will see some highly intelligent managing come to the fore on the part of this man. Instead, the team crawled its way back into contention, so what do we get in - agreed- the season's most important game to this point - a rookie pitcher used-up in four straight games, until he, predictably, imploded, and another rookie pitcher, who is no great shakes at the major league level, as yet, entrusted to shut down three straight hitters who have the righty-lefty percentage advantage over him.

Charlie Manuel is what he is - an arrogant thief in the night. This is REALLY on the GM, now. How a GM can witness the debacle, and the complete disintegration of Charlie Manuel's decision-making, on a daily basis, for several years, now, and yet be in complete default as to effecting the long overdue remedy to the situation, namely - firing this con man/ hustler and hiring Ryne Sandburg, who looks to be a highly capable replacement, defies explanation - unless Chico, too, is in the Yankees hip $$$$$$ pocket.

Charlie Manuel: criminal conspirator or stumbling incompetent? - I don't even think it's a toss-up, anymore, as to what the answer is. After the Diekman, Aumont crassly-programmed disaster, how can it be?

What fools be these Phillies ownership and front office sleep-walkers?

hk said...

Further to your point about Charlie mismanaging the bullpen last night, how does he leave Diekman in to face the RHB Brandon Barnes after the Phils fell behind by one run. At Oklahoma City, Barnes hit .356 / .427 / .567 vs. LHPs (as compared to .303 / .354 / .421 vs. RHP’s). So far in the majors, Barnes has hit .286 / .310 / .357 vs. LHP’s and .171 / .216 / .257 vs. RHP’s. With DeFratus ready, why stick with Diekmann? Maybe he was too tired to walk out to the mound again or may he doesn’t believe that there’s much difference between a 1-run deficit and a 2-run deficit. Unfortunately, we’ll never know because the media is too in love with this imbecile to ask any tough questions.

Robby Bonfire said...

To replace the manager, you have to replace the GM, understanding the new GM WILL bring in his own manager. No other GM in baseball is so stupid as to put up with this joker for two minutes.

hk said...

And, to replace the GM, you have to have ownership that understands the errors of the GM's ways. Therefore, both RAJ and Charlie will be back. If their return was even a question in the minds of ownership when the team was floundering - I doubt that it was - I am sure this late run has removed the question entirely. My only hope is that some other team does not come in and offer their managerial job to Ryne Sandberg.

Look at the bright side Robbie, the Phils bringing Charlie back ensures us of another season of Scott and Andy continuing this website.

Robby Bonfire said...

Scott and Andy, I am confident, will find, or develope another forum to share their highly-sophisticated understanding and appreciation of the game. I would be thrilled, in fact, if they would initiate a New York Rangers, blog, at their established level of comprehension of the subject matter.

As usual, I got run off from the nubmer one Rangers blog site, at, because the chemistry between the major domo and myself, was missing the element of "harmony."

Seems the guy ran the site for three years before I called him out for NOT being a Rangers fan, but in fact, being a glorified "troll," which he admitted to, as he gently pushed the "Presto Bonfire vanishes" button. lol. True story.

So screw the Flyers, let's get with Rangers hockey here and go for the champaign this season, soon as the boys are back at work!!!

Andy Musser said...

Were both Flyers fans. NYR has the worst goal song in the league, sans San Jose.

Scott Graham said...

You almost got the "Presto Bonfire vanishes" button for suggesting I like the Rangers. Just kidding, I don't even think I know how to do that.

Robby Bonter said...

The Rangers coach is no Charlie Manuel -lost in a fog - type, but he, too, is a "Simon Legree" taskmaster beyond all restraint and logic.

Wear down a team during the regular season so that it will collapse in the post-season, seems to garner some consolation prize merit badge. It would mean something if these professional leagues' regular seasons were more than just dress rehearsals for a few weeks of REAL championship competition.

Why some managers and coaches display complete ignorance of this fact is really difficult for fans who want more than just a "pretty" regular season record, to have to deal with. Regular season superiority "ain't worth spit," as Clint would say.