Manuel Calls A Team Meeting
We’ll see if it works.
Manuel called a team meeting before tonight’s game against Houston at Citizens Bank Park because his team has looked listless lately, losing five of its last seven games. Something has to change and change quickly because if the Phillies keep losing and the Braves keep winning life will become unnecessarily stressful for them.
“It was just some things I wanted to tell them,” Manuel said. “It was a very short, positive meeting.”
Did anybody speak up?
“No, I did all the talking,” he said.
The Phillies look tired out there, but Manuel said that is no excuse.
“Look, we haven’t played good,” Manuel said. “If you don’t hit, you don’t look good. If you don’t score runs, you don’t look good. Anytime you don’t hit or score runs, you don’t look good. You’ve got to play through this. Every year, you go through it. You just have to come out and do the things you’re used to doing.
“We’re not in first place because we’re not any good. We’re good. I know we’ve got the best team in our division. I feel that 100 percent.
“We’re still loose. I’d say we’re very loose. We’re not panicking.”
Well, they’re not, but they are making their fan base a little nervous.
The Phillies have not renewed contracts for the following Minor League personnel: Domingo Brito, Dominican Summer League Phillies manager; Luis Melendez, Gulf Coast League Phillies coach; Jerry Martin, minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator; Jerry Lafferty, pro scout; Sal Artiaga, Director of Latin American operations; Mal Fichman, Independent League Coordinator; and Aris Tirado, Gulf Coast League Phillies pitching coach.