Charlie Manuel discussed his expiring contract yesterday on 610-WIP radio. It sure sounds like a non-issue.
No news is good news. Or sometimes, no news is simply no news. The well of topical Phillies news has run bone dry. It’s a struggle to fill column inches. See Monday's post. As a result, you get these little John Maine-type “dust-ups” like the Manuel story, which is a non-story, and everyone knows it. He’s a Phillie for life. Does anyone honestly think he’s going to play hardball? Expect the situation to be resolved shortly. The idea that this could degenerate into some sort of distraction is also absurd. Actually, the only noteworthy item from yesterday's interview was news that John Mayberry Jr. can expect to get some reps at first base this spring. It's the kiss of death for Mike Sweeney. Or more accurately, the hug of death.
International notes: Versatile Aussie Tim Kennelly is set for the Australian Baseball League semi-finals. The 24-year-old catcher, outfielder and corner infielder will be in the outfield when his Perth squad faces Sydney in Game 1 action on Thursday. He finished the ABL regular season with a modest .245/.307/.400 slash line. Kennelly spent the entire 2010 season with Clearwater, mostly behind the plate. In other news, switch-hitting second baseman Alan Schoenberger, who played for Lakewood last season, put a .728 OPS on the barbie for Brisbane. Changing hemispheres, Michael Martinez’s Estrellas club suffered a five-game sweep in the Dominican Winter League finals. The Phillies’ Rule 5 pick finished the postseason hitting .241.