Phillies manager Charlie Manuel sheds 56 pounds

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Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told NBCPhiladelphia.com that he’s lost 56 pounds since signing a deal to do advertisements for Nutrisystem.
He’s never going to be svelte, but the 65-year-old Type 2 diabetic has gone from 286 pounds to 230 pounds in less than a year, and as you can see from the photo there’s definitely a noticeable difference.
Asked about the Nutrisystem meal plan, Manuel responded with a quote that probably won’t be used in the commercials: “Some of them are actually pretty good.”
As a longtime fatso myself I commend Manuel for dropping so much weight, because if I’m having trouble doing it at age 27 it must have been incredible tough at age 65. On the other hand I will miss his gut leading the way out to the mound for pitching changes.
Can’t wait until Nutrisystem starts their bloggers ad campaign. Weight loss has never been so sexy.
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The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.