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Charlie Manuel: master of the head game

Aug 13, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

Charlie Manuel AP

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked about unbreakable records in the dugout prior to Sunday’s game and Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-hitters, always a popular choice, came up.

Manuel, though, shot down that one as unbreakable, pointing to a division rival’s own pitcher:

“That one could be got,” Manuel said. “I see [Stephen] Strasburg, he’s very capable of throwing back-to-back no-hitters. When I saw the type of the stuff that he has, and pitchers that dominate the game like he does, guys like Pedro Martinez in their heyday, they could do that. Because not only could they pitch. They could overpower you.”

So, yeah, the Nationals should get right on that.  The sooner the better.  Time’s a wastin’.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 13, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Charlie is great. I don’t care if he never double switches and only somewhat care that he sticks with old scrubs…each and every time he talks, pure entertainment.

  2. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Aug 13, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    All the more reason for you to listen to Philly sports talk radio. The mid-day show with Anthony and Glenn have him on regularly, and I always find their talks to be very worth while.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 13, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    All he does is win. People may think he is just a goofy guy with great stories. But he knows how to handle the Clubhouse and make the players work hard for him. I’m glad us fans have him as the Skipper and hoping he brings us another WSC.

  4. paperlions - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Charlie really think someone will throw 3 no hitters in a row?….because that is what it will take to break the record (two will only tie it).

  5. humanexcrement - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Unbreakable records? Ripken’s streak, Dimaggio’s hit streak, Ted Williams’ on-base streak, and, while it’s not really a record, I doubt any non-juicer could hold not one but two spots in the top three single-season home run tallies. Behind Maris at 61 is Ruth and 60 and then Ruth again at 59.

    • timasahh - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:15 AM

      Also pretty much every pitching record other than the ones for relievers.

      Still waiting to see Uggla break the hit streak though, and almost be at .230. Seems too ironic and pathetic for it to not happen.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 14, 2011 at 10:27 AM

        Uggla’s at .230 right now. Chances are he isn’t going to get a hit in each of his next 24 games without bumping that a bit more.

  6. cup0pizza - Aug 14, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    He’s an idiot.

    • cur68 - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

      Mornin’ ‘0pizza. Still with the extra vitriol on your pizza pie? Must be tasty along with your heaping helping of douchery. Hey! Next time you see your parole officer, have him tighten that bolt in your neck. Might correct that mental wobble you keep having.

      Speaking of idiots; how’s things with you and McCourt going? Still getting along well with your soul mate there?

    • Kevin S. - Aug 15, 2011 at 8:45 AM

      I actually used to think he was a bumbling idiot, but the more I’ve paid attention to him, the more I realized he really just gets out of his players way and lets them play the game. That’s better than the machinations of most managers, and that means his skills at handling the clubhouse don’t come with the tactical drawbacks we tend to see from other guys with that label.

  7. nocryinginbaseball07 - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Awesome, cur.

  8. philly2boston - Aug 14, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Anthony Gargano is always talkin about Joey’s meatballs instead of Philly sports.. I loathe him.

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