Flip the Switch?
He likes his players to have about 60 to 70 at-bats in the Grapefruit League, but four of his starters are short of that because of injuries or participation in the World Baseball Classic. Jimmy Rollins has 21 at-bats, plus the 24 he had with Team USA in the WBC. Shane Victorino has 27 at-bats, plus the 19 he had with Team USA. Chase Utley has 27 at-bats. Pedro Feliz has 32.
But can’t the Phillies just flip a switch once the season starts?
“He can take that and ram it where he can’t get it,” Manuel said, asked about players who say they can flip a switch once the season starts. “No, I don’t believe that.”