Scenes from the presser in which Charlie Manuel said goodbye to the Phillies. Manuel comments on his love for the organization and passion for the game of baseball.
He doesn’t sound like a man who is done with the game. His performance is not such that he should be done with the game if he doesn’t want to be. I know it’s not that simple. There have to be job openings and the right fit and it’s harder to find that the older you are in this game. But even if he doesn’t manage again, teams could do way worse than to give Manuel a job as a hitting coach/bench coach/adviser in the Gene Lamont/Don Zimmer role. His experience and his temperament are such that they would benefit any team. Especially ones which, as has become the style lately, employ young guys with little or no managerial experience.
Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.
Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.
At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.