Speaking to reporters after a lackluster outing in a rehab start at Lakewood tonight, Roy Halladay made it seem as though players were too comfortable with Charlie Manuel:
“I’ve exchanged texts with him and obviously I loved him — he was great,” Halladay said. “But from what I’ve seen, Ryne came in and made some changes and addressed some issues that I think were being overlooked. So from that standpoint, as much as I miss Charlie, I think that Ryne is going to do a good job and I think he’s going to bring back a little more of the Phillie baseball style than we’ve had the last couple of years. We really haven’t had that whole team effort and that whole team hustle that I think we’ve had in the prior years.”
“Just different things, guys being at places on time, being on the field on time, taking groundballs, taking extra BP, all those little things that nobody thinks makes a difference,” Halladay said. “I think he’s been very good so far. But again, and I don’t want to take away anything from Charlie, we all respected him tremendously and I think he’s going to have a choice of what he wants to do next.”
That sounds like it should be more of a criticism of unprofessional teammates than Manuel. But it’s kind of surprising coming from Roy.