Halladay Clarifies Comments on Manuel

Giants Phillies BaseballRoy Halladay made some very interesting comments last night following his rehab start in Class A Lakewood.

Most everybody took them as Halladay saying Charlie Manuel let things slip the past two seasons, and that Ryne Sandberg would get players back on track, refocused, rededicated, etc. But Halladay made a statement to reporters this afternoon, trying to clarify those comments.

Here is what he said:

“I felt like what was said necessarily wasn’t written. And I just want to make it well known that I have a lot of respect for Charlie. There were some articles put out that offended me and I’m sure offended Charlie. And I called him today and talked to him about it. We’ve been in a lot of contact. I loved playing for him. He was a great manager. Everybody here loved him. The players loved him. And he was a lot of the reason they won the World Series here. I just want to make that point clear. I was also trying to say that I feel like if there was somebody that’s going to replace a guy like that then it’s going to be a Ryne Sandberg type of person with the experience that he carries and everything else.

“But I really felt like a lot was lost in translation with respect to Charlie. I just want to make that clear. I don’t endorse any manager’s firing. The players get managers fired. Any time a manager is fired as a player you feel like you haven’t done your job.

“Really, that’s it. I just want to make sure the air is clear there. I talked to Charlie and we’re good. But I wanted him to know that I really enjoyed playing for him and as far as managers have gone, he’s the best I’ve ever been around. I really enjoyed the time with him. At the same token I look forward to working with Ryne, too. Really, that’s about it. I think I saw one title that said I endorsed the firing of Charlie Manuel. And that really bothered me, so I just wanted to make sure we were all clear.”

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Todd, are you saying that Charlie didn’t let things slip? Look at the difference in the way Ryne is handling Jimmy Rollins. Ryne, like him or not, is holding Jimmy accountable.

What on earth are you talking about, “George”? Todd is literally transposing what Roy said today. There is almost no reporter’s voice on this article. I have no clue what you are commenting on.

Yes, Todd is transposing what Halladay said yesterday just as he transposed in a prior post what Halladay had to day about two days ago. The only thing I can conclude after reading these two together is that Halladay threw Charlie under the bus. If you have no clue as to what George was commenting on, it is more about you than it is about George.

I respect the Hell out of this article! Thanks for always sharing!

Todd Rothstein

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Agree with Halladay. As a journalist, I read his comments and thought the headline was misleading. He never openly supported Charlie’s firing. Philly.com should know better.

A big part of the problem was how Charlie handled Halladay in the same deferential way Charlie handled all of the “stars”.

Nick Leyva, you have a valid point.

I apologize to Todd Zolecki if he took offense.

It’s just that I am frustrated with my favorite Phillies (yours Phillies too), how the organisation is run. And I want reporters to ask the tough questions.

Why don’t Todd set up an interview with David Montgomery and asks him straight up how long Amaro can be the GM?

Why not ask other players, eg Jimmy Rollins, what they feel about Doc’s original comment, if Jimmy feel that comment and the one Ryne made about Rollins is justified, or if they’re way off?

Why not ask Jimmy Rollins straight up, “Why are you not hustling on every play?”.
And if he denies that, just say that he’s not charging down to first on several occasions and what Jimmy thinks about that considering his big salary.

Or why was Charlie Manuel never asked by Todd what he was gonna do about the lack of effort on Jimmy’s and other players part.

Reporters are the ones that can really hold the players, managers and front office accountable.

Look at Gordon Eades, he’s very in your face with the Red Sox players and brass. Not to mention Glenn Ordway who made Bobby Valentine cuss and cry.

Those guys are not afraid to put players et al on the spot.

I feel a lack of that in Todd’s reporting TBH. Maybe I just don’t get his type of journalism.

When is Amaro going to fire himself? That is the one move that he has yet to make.

Golly, “George.” Try being a reporter a day or two and the answers to you questions will become clear.

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Halladay should have just added that Charlie was in between a rock and a hard place as a lame duck. The players knew it wasn’t likely he was coming back and that took the hammer out of Manuel’s hands.

Simply put guys that had poor work ethic in the past probably had an even poorer work ethic and those that were trying hard probably were not feeling everyone was pulling the rope in the same direction.

Some things are not right, they’re not wrong they are just natural!

Everything is cool when you win, not so much when you lose.
Charlie knew he wasn’t going to get an extension, and he has stated often in the last two years that he needed more bullets. It was a downward spiral once the losses compiled and there was no getting out of it, especially this season with the lousy bench and bullpen. Blown “saves”, blown “holds”, everybody on the DL, and something like 1-40 pinch hitting after the All-Star break will do that to you.

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Doc needs to get a media rep who can speak for him. He has a propensity of putting his foot in his mouth

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