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Charlie Manuel and Bob Davidson Suspended One Game

Kyle Scott - May 18, 2012

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Both Charlie Manuel and umpire Bob Davidson received a one-game suspension following their on-field altercation earlier this week. 

Earlier, MLB announced that Davidson's suspension was for his “repeated violations of the Commissioner’s standards for situation handling,” whose bar I would imagine is set somewhere between end the game in a tie and let Hamels pitch until there are puddles at shortstop.

While no specific incident was mentioned, clearly the final straw was Davidson antagonizing Manuel after the Phillies’ dugout took issue with Davidson getting in the way of Brian Schneider, following a dropped third strike on Tuesday. Davidson could be heard very clearly yelling: “You think I was trying to block his ass? What the hell are you yelling at?" That phrase, apparently, falls below Bud Selig’s low standards.

Manuel's suspension is a direct result of his reaction, screaming obscenities at Davidson.

As FOX’s Ken Rosenthal notes, MLB dignitaries were seated directly behind home plate when all this happened, so that likely influenced their decision.

Watch the showdown and Rosenthal's explanation after the jump.

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Video: Charlie Manuel Gets Ejected, Flips Out With Profanity-Laced Tirade

Kyle Scott - May 15, 2012

Charlie Manuel didn't appreciate Bob Davidson getting in the way of Brian Schneider as the catcher went to retrieve a dropped third strike in the 8th inning.

The best part of this, though, may be Cliff Lee shrugging, waiting for American Idol contestant Jason Castro to step into the box so he could be struck out by a spinning ball of excellence.

Morning Wood: Useless

Kyle Scott - May 10, 2012

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Bit of a late start today. Charlie Manuel laid into the Phillies following an embarrassing 10-6 loss:

“I knew exactly what to tell them."

“I’ve been wanting to talk to them for a while, like I said.”

“One of them was we gotta wake up and play better. And actually, how we’ve been going about playing. And you know, like, what we been doing. And if we’re goign to win and be able to go where we want to go, we better start playing better.”

 

That may have been putting it mildly. CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury provides more detail:

 In fact, 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 by 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.

 

Delco Times reporter Ryan Lawrence notes that this was the most heated he's seen Manuel in quite some time:

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As it should be. 

Sarge Showed Off His Philly Phaithful Cholly-San T-Shirt Last Night

Kyle Scott - May 1, 2012

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The Phillies erupted for six runs last night.

Now, you may be asking yourself: "self, what mystical forces were behind such an unexpected outburst?"

Did Shane sacrifice a live chicken? Did someone construct an odd bat arrangement in the bathroom? DID GARY MATTHEWS WEAR HIS PHILLY PHAITHFUL “CHOLLY-SAN” T-SHIRT?!

Well, yes he did.

Much to the delight of our fine partners, Sarge busted out his Cholly-San t-shirt last night at Citizens Bank Park in an effort to lift the spirits of players and your favorite manager, Charlie Manuel.

We'll let Sarge explain:

“Charlie laughed. We have one for Charlie. Matter of fact, we have one for all you guys. I put in some more orders, even some of the guys that are in the truck that works with us. So we’ll be walking around representing Charlie Manuel." 

"I just kind of wore it out there to break the monotony up a little bit, and just to give the guys kind of some laughs. I said, let’s just wear this Charlie Manuel shirt, maybe that will give them some strength.”

 

Which it did. The Phillies won 6-4, obviously proving that the Cholly-San t-shirt is good luck and will prevent us from watching six months of lackluster offensive efforts.

So what are you waiting for? You should probably pick one up. After all, you like runs, don’t you?

Video of Sarge’s modeling efforts, after the jump.

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Charlie Manuel is Already Pissed Off at the Offense and Juan Pierre

Kyle Scott - March 12, 2012

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After Ruben Amaro and Charlie Manuel talked a big game last October about the Phillies lineup having a better approach – more patience – in 2012, the early returns – very early, with, like, half a lineup – have not been much different than what we became accustomed to late last season. Again, spring training, but Charlie doesn't seem to care. Here's what he told reporters after a 1-0 loss and a 4-4 tie this weekend: [CSN Philly

“We’re still looking at some of these guys… We want to see what some of them can do. Even the ones we had high interest in. This ain’t no 'gimme' BS. When we talk about winning, we want to put the best team possible on the field. Play good defense and execute for our pitching staff so when we get in one-run games we can win them."

“You’ve got to show you can play baseball the right way.”

 

Perhaps he's talking about the once-pesky Juan Pierre…

When Manuel spoke with jolly Scott Palmer and Phillies.com, he was a bit more specific in his criticism:

"When we got guys, our bench players, our small guys. They’re utility players. When we put them up in a big league game in a situation where they got to bunt the runner in scoring position, or move him over from first to second, second to third, settin’ games up for us, especially ones where we’re a run down in the latter part of the game, or tied, those are big. And that’s how you play the game. And you know what, Palm, I’ll be straight up honest with you, we definitely need to work on our bunting. I’m not going to accept like guys who supposedly definitely know how to bunt, you know like not being able to do that. That’s a big fundamental."

 

Yep, he’s talking about Juan Pierre (and others). Pierre has struggled this spring and couldn't get a sac bunt down yesterday.

Charlie's early frustration is nothing new, though. As beatless reporter David Murphy points out, there’s a day every spring when Charlie gets mad at the offense. So this is the norm. But now, with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard out, Charlie’s just looking for a decent bunt. My how far we’ve come.

Video of Manuel speaking with Phillies.com is after the jump.

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Charlie Manuel Has Lunch with Morimoto… at Morimoto

Kyle Scott - December 16, 2011

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The iron chef is in the center, Charlie's wife Melissa on the right

It's like the meal-time equivalent of nesting dolls. Or something.

Yesterday, Iron Chef Morimoto and Charlie Manuel dined with fans who won an auction to have lunch with the pair.

Manuel, of course, used to play in Japan and no doubt knows fine Japanese cuisine when he sees it.

H/T to Uwishnu, photo via Morimoto Facebook page, where you can see more

Video: Charlie Manuel Talks About Phillies Offseason

Kyle Scott - December 14, 2011

Charlie Manuel was a guest on CSN's inaugural Hot Stove. Good interview by Marshall Harris.

Must-Watch Charlie Manuel Press Conference

Kyle Scott - October 12, 2011

There are very few must-watch press conferences in sports, but Charlie Manuel’s presser today was fantastic.

We’ve all gone through the grieving process: shock, sadness, dark humor, anger, thought-we-were-over-it-but-we-weren’t… Now it’s back to sadness. Watching the passion spill out of Charlie the way it does, makes it really tough to come to grips with the fact that this season was, let’s face it, a failure.

Charlie was pressed a number of things, most notably the hitting. He defended himself, almost angrily:

“You guys, I want to tell you something, I take a lot of pride in hitters. And I get upset sometimes when we don’t hit as good as I want us to hit, or think we should hit. And I want to tell you something, I don’t care whether you like it or not. I know how good a hitting coach I am. And whether you want to believe that or whatever… you know, really. That’s kind of how I look at it. We will get better.” 

 

The video above is a condensed version of his 25-minute presser. Enjoy.

Video via MLB feed, quality is a bit lower to allow for longer video