As expected Charlie Manuel is staying in the Phillies organization after being let go as manager, with Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reporting that he’s accepted a position as a “senior advisor to the general manager.”
Manuel had hoped to land another manager gig, but at age 70 that might be a tough sell despite the 780-636 (.551) record he compiled in nine seasons with the Phillies. Instead he’ll lend his expertise to Ruben Amaro Jr., who’s never let age get in the way of employing anyone.
Also, never forget: Charlie Manuel was a snake-fighting playboy.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.