Manuel really thinking things through

Close look shows just how good Phillies manager's decisions have been so far

Originally Published: October 27, 2009
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

NEW YORK -- It's easy to dismiss Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel as a bumpkin, a soft-drawling, slow-walking, bobbleheaded manager who was lucky enough to inherit a team with Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins.

Yet, an argument can be made that Manuel's decision-making in the National League Championship Series did as much to carry the Phillies into the World Series as Howard's 1.457 OPS.

Manuel's decision-making will be scrutinized even more during the ...

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