Charlie Manuel’s Buffoonery Costs Phillies Another Win

Charlie Manuel has been the manager of the Phillies since 2005, so you think we’d have gotten used to these kinds of games, but they sting all the same even nine years later. The Phillies, staked to a 4-0 lead through four innings, managed to lose 5-4 in nine innings on a walk-off single by Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez’s game-winning RBI was but a foregone conclusion; the frustration lies in the path taken to get there in the first place. What follows is a tactical breakdown of Manuel’s decisions.

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