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Saturday, October 23, 2010
For the Good of the Order….appoint a new ####### bill1chairman!
I NEVER THOUGHT I would write these words:
Ryan Howard should be accorded the same best-for-the-team logic that impelled Phillies manager Charlie Manuel to bench slumping leftfielder Raul Ibanez in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against nasty lefthander Madison Bumgarner.
...In eight postseason games, baseball’s most prolific cleanup hitter since he was the 2005 NL Rookie of the Year, has produced zero RBI. And he has been a liability on defense. The same slow-to-heal-completely left ankle sprain that caused him to miss 17 games and be ineffective for more than 2 weeks after his return to the lineup is probably as responsible for his poor footwork in the field as for his inability to drive properly off his back leg while hitting.
...So, yeah, Ryan Howard’s No. 1 booster - me - would play Sweeney at first tonight and move Game 5 hero Jayson Werth into the No. 4 hole behind Polanco. Howard can always come off the bench to potentially do damage when the Giants start the bullpen shuffle.
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