Mike Schmidt wrote a guest column for the Associated Press today. In it, he praises Charlie Manuel for benching Jimmy Rollins in what I’m now calling “Run-it-out-bitch-gate.” Schmidt writes:
“It’s hard not to root for him. One thing for sure: A manager who can remove his biggest star at a pivotal moment in an important game without blinking an eye, and have that player support the decision, has got to be given credit.
Charlie does not care about getting credit for anything, except maybe sinking a 4-foot putt or catching a 12-pound bass.
Whether he wants it or not, though, join me in giving him credit as the guy who just elevated the level of hustle in every baseball game in America, including the majors.
He’s now the new Charlie Hustle.”
Here, here, Michael Jack. I have to say Charlie has done a great job managing this team, this year especially. It’s good to see Schmidt speaking up as an authority on the team. His is an opinion I will always admire and respect.