Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, August 21, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 16
Roy Halladay completed a moderately fair rehab effort with the Phillies’ Class A club on Tuesday night and did so with no ill effects. However, the biggest story out of Lakewood, NJ may have been that the ace right-hander seemed to declare that the recent switch at the managerial position for the big league team was long overdue.
Immediately following an assertion of adoration for fired Phils skipper Charlie Manuel, the 36-year-old hurler told a crowd of reporters that there were issues that had been neglected and he knows that the man who replaced Manuel after nine seasons, Ryne Sandberg, has already begun repairing the problems.
“I’ve exchanged texts with (Charlie). Obviously, I loved him. He was great,” Halladay stated. “But, from what I’ve seen, you know, 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’s going to do a good job. I think he’s gonna bring more of the Phillie baseball style that we’ve had the last couple years. You know, we haven’t really had that whole team effort and the whole team hustle that we had in prior years.”
The implication is clearly that Manuel had grown complacent in his position of supervision over the roster. Aside from a lack of hustle, which has long been a concern with certain players on the Phillies, what specifically were the other matters at hand? Continue reading Halladay Puts Stamp of Approval on Phils Managerial Switch