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Manuel on the defensive

Posted on: April 25, 2011 8:17 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Charlie ManuelOzzie Guillen and Kenny Williams may not be the only squabbling manager-general manager duo in baseball -- enter Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro Jr.

On Sunday, Amaro implied reliever Jose Contrears was forced to the disabled list because he was overused. Contreras had pitched five times in seven days from April 15-21.

"He had been pitching quite a bit," Amaro said on Sunday. "I think it was just the work that he's done. He didn't indicate it was one pitch, just over time, especially after his outing on Thursday."

Contreras needed 26 pitches to get out of the ninth inning on Thursday, a 3-0 victory over the Padres for his fifth save of the season.

Manuel, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, was not very happy about his critics questioning how much the manager had used the 39-year-old Contreras.

"There's no way in hell we overused Contreras. That's how I feel. There's no way," Manuel said. "What did he pitch? The most games was three. Then he had a day off. He pitched five times in seven days. We weren't trying to stay away from him. He was closing games for us. That's how I look at it."

It was then mentioned Amaro said Contreras was used a lot.

"I don't think he had been used a lot. Really. What's today? April 25? It's April 25 and I already hear our guys need days off. Guys need this. Guys need that. I've been listening to that for about four or five years now," Manuel said. "The object of it is, like I tell our guys in the meetings, the brass, the object is for us to win the game. Every day we come to the ballpark, that's the object, to win the game. Now do you want to win or do you want to lose? To me, I want to win so I'll put the best team I possibly can on the field that day. I'll give you days off when I think so. That's part of my job too."

Manuel went on to say he doesn't need anyone telling him what to do. When asked if anyone has said anything to him about his approach, he answered, "That's none of your business."

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Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 9:49 pm

Manuel on the defensive

Amaro's comment was just that it was use that was cause of arm trouble and not a particular pitch that injured the arm. He did not say it was overused. Typical media to blow things out of proportion and try and manufacture controversy

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 9:14 pm

Manuel on the defensive

Shades of the 90's Yankees. Let the Phillies hit a slump about now and you could have management melt-down.

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 8:36 pm

Manuel on the defensive

charlie's right on every thing he said...he is the manager for a reason and he has done a helluva job at it.

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