Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension?

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No, he doesn’t. And I apologize for a headline that would even suggest that I think he does. But that’s the question SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt poised on his Twitter account today:

Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension?
Ill ask him on pre-game tonight.

Even better than poising the question rhetorically is asking Manuel himself.  I would probably pay $50 to hear Manuel say something like this:

Well, Kevin, I don’t. Our recent surge has far more to do with some key roster moves, the rotation really stepping things up and, let’s be honest, a weekend series against the Orioles didn’t hurt.  I’d say I’m a good fifth or sixth on the list of people who should get credit for us being in second place.  Really, a lot of managers could do it.”

Well, a boy can dream, can’t he?