Ozark Dies, Manny Being Manny
He was 85.
“Our family is deeply saddened by the news that Danny passed away,” former Phillies president Ruly Carpenter said. Danny was more than a baseball manager, he was a genuine human being. We would not have had the success in the ’70s if it wasn’t for him. He taught those guys how to play the game,” former Phillies president Ruly Carpenter.
“He was a good friend, my first major league manager, played a major role in early years my career, and was instrumental in building us into prominence in the mid-1970′s,” Mike Schmidt said. “He brought a wealth of baseball experience from his years with the Dodgers to Philadelphia and we were fortunate to have him as our leader throughout that time. My wife and I extend our deepest sympathy to Ginny and the Ozark family.”
“Danny was the guy that took us from last to first,” Bob Boone said. “He was the perfect manager for the Phillies in the 70′s. He had the patience of Job and helped all of us grow up as men and players. He was a wonderful man. He will be missed but his legacy will live on.”
I spoke with Ozark last summer for a book I was working on. He couldn’t have been nicer. I talked with him for about 45 minutes about everything from the greatest players in Phillies history to his decisions during Black Friday. Very generous with his time. Very open and honest. I appreciated that.
So we learned earlier today that Manny Ramirez has been suspended 50 games for violating the league’s policy against performance enhancing drugs.
Do you care?
Personally, I’m tired of it. But let’s begin the “Are you shocked?” questions and “Should he be in the Hall of Fame?” questions. Don’t worry, it should be over in about a month or two.
I think Matt Stairs put it best.
“People are going to have to stop taking this health bull (bleep) and go back to being chubby and having fun,” he said.