Roy Halladay was in Clearwater when the Phillies fired Charlie Manuel, so tonight was the first time anybody got a chance to ask him about his reaction to the club's decision. His answer was illuminating. While he took care not to pin any blame on Manuel and underscored his love for his boss, he did indicate that it was time for a change.
"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."
What were the issues?
"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."