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Managers Offer Thoughts on Manuel

Charlie ManuelThe Phillies fired Charlie Manuel today, and managers around baseball offered their thoughts.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez
“I have a lot of respect for Charlie and the way he handled that situation in Philly. As you well know, it’s not the easiest place to manage. People have a lot of expectations. It’s almost like New York City with a big press (following). I admire him. … Whatever Charlie wants to do, he can do. He’s done a lot of good stuff. Whether he wants to stop managing and go into the front office to help the Phillies or if he wants to get back on the field, I think he can do what he wants.”

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly
“Charlie’s an experienced guy, he’s been through a lot. This is not a good situation. I feel for that part of it.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland
“This comes as a surprise to me. I’m very close to Charlie. I think the world of him. He’s obviously done a great job over there. And it’s just one of those things. That’s just part of our business. It’s too bad but it’s something that happens. Football coaches, baseball managers, we know what that’s all about.”

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire spoke about Manuel here. Asked if he was surprised Manuel got fired with 42 games remaining, Gardenhire added, “I guess yes because there’s so little time left in the season. But no, just listening to Charlie talking in Spring Training. He said he didn’t have a contract next year and didn’t know what was going to happen. Charlie is not one to back away from his stance on anything. If he believes in something, he’s going to stay with it. I know they were trying to play kids but Charlie is going to do it his way.”

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson talked about Ryne Sandberg getting the job on an interim basis. Gibson had the D-Backs job on an interim basis the final three months of the 2010 season before getting the full-time gig.

“If they’re thinking about Sandberg, it’ll help him be better prepared for next year,” Gibson said. “If you’re an interim guy, you’re kind of evaluating and preparing for if you do get the permanent job. Then you can communicate exactly what you see and what you think you should do, things like that. You can be more prepared to implement it. He’ll know the team better. He should know the system pretty good right now. He’s been in the Minor Leagues as well as the Major Leagues. I feel like it helped me. The more games you manage, the more comfort you kind of get.”

A Much Different Doc

Roy HalladayUh, relax and stay calm everybody?

Following a substandard 2012 and a troubling spring training in Florida, Roy Halladay lasted just 3 1/3 innings in his season debut last night at Turner Field. He allowed six hits, five runs, three walks, two home runs and struck out nine. Typically, when a pitcher records nine of his first 10 outs on strikeouts he is dominant. But Halladay was not dominant. Far from it. He threw 95 pitches (55 strikes) in those 3 1/3 innings as his performance only raised more concerns and doubts about his ability to return to form, despite Halladay and Charlie Manuel insisting everything will be fine.

The Braves certainly noticed a difference.

“It was a little bit different,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “I couldn’t tell you what it is. His velocity was maybe a (tick) or two below what you’ve seen. But I couldn’t tell you much more than that, not living with him or not knowing what’s going on over there.”

“Not velocity wise,” said rightfielder Jason Heyward, when asked if Halladay looked the same. “But he has a lot of weapons. So it was no surprise to see the strikeouts. Once he gets two strikes against you with him, he can got whatever way he wants and pick at you. We did wear him down and we made sure we got some pitches to hit. When we hit him, we hit him hard.”

Halladay insisted he will fix his problems and he will be better.

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Phillies Rivals React to Lee Trade

lee 03.jpgHere is some reaction from NL East rivals regarding the trade that brought Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco to the Phillies:

Braves right-hander Derek Lowe: “I think everybody knew they were going to get one of the two, either Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee. It definitely helped them. And they’ve got Pedro (Martinez) coming back soon. So it definitely made it harder on us.”

Braves catcher David Ross: “You hate to see the team that you’re chasing get better. But if you want to make the playoffs and reach the World Series, you’re going to have to beat the Roy Halladays, Cliff Lees and Josh Becketts. In one sense, I wish the Phillies hadn’t gotten better. But in another sense, I don’t think that he’s unbeatable.”

Marlins outfielder Jeremy Hermida: “They’ve got four lefties now. It looked like a good trade for them on paper.”

Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla: “It’s a good pickup for the Phillies. A Cy Young Award winner last year. … Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Happ, Moyer. They’ve got a good rotation.”

Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad: “Good for them, I guess. Obviously, you know what he did last year, so he can dominate. He dominated the American League, which is a good league, so it’s a bit tough for us. It adds a really good arm to their rotation. But, like I said, we’ll see what happens when you play them, I guess. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez: “I saw that. Good for them. That’s a good deal. I know that Francisco kid is pretty good, too. And I know that we liked, as an organization, we liked that Lou Marson guy – the catcher that Cleveland got. Good trade for both sides, I guess.”

Mets manager Jerry Manuel had little reaction because he said the Mets just need to focus on themselves.

That’s probably a good idea.

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Cardinals third baseman Mark DeRosa, who played with Lee this season in Cleveland, said he unexpectedly gave Lee the news he had been traded.

“I actually called him,” DeRosa said. “He hadn’t heard the news yet. I said, ‘It’s coming across the ticker that you got traded to the Phillies.’ And he was sitting in the clubhouse in Anaheim with Kerry Wood and said nothing had been told to him yet.

“Cliff’s a legitimate No. 1 starter. I hate the fact that he’s going to Philly, but at the same time I’m happy for him because he deserves to be pitching in some big games. He was a great teammate.”

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