… after what Manuel watched on the field in a 10-6 loss to the Mets — some sloppy fielding, runners left all over the basepaths and another implosion from his bullpen — he couldn’t contain himself for a second straight night. He unloaded on his club in a closed-door team meeting after getting swept at home by the division-rival Mets … The lambasting covered the gamut. Manuel had enough of everything, from the shoddy execution to lackadaisical approach.
That report comes from CSNPhilly.com. As a rights holder, Comcast has special advantages over other outlets covering the Phillies. And, as a fellow Comcast-owned outlet, we here at HardballTalk are afforded certain advantages too. So, in an HBT exclusive, here is video of Charlie Manuel’s closed-door meeting from last night:
I expect things will improve now.
Tom Ricketts says the Cubs don’t have any more money
The Cubs aren’t in the same position as some other contenders in that (a) they don’t have a cheap payroll; and (b) are not obvious candidates for the big free agents like Harper or Machado, but I still find that comment pretty rich for an owner of one of baseball’s marquee franchises in a non-salary cap league. If nothing else, it’s an admission by Ricketts that he, like the other owners, consider the Luxury Tax to be a defacto salary cap.