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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Unseen Power Of The Moved-In Fences?
Burrell looks so miserable, you have to think it would be a mercy killing for Charlie Manuel to pull the plug on his season. That is precisely what the Phillies’ manager must do - ASAP, stat and PDQ - before the Dodgers or Padres are spraying champagne to celebrate their wild-card clinch.
...The thing is, we’re way beyond numbers now. This is about more than Burrell’s offensive struggle. He is the last remaining vestige of the Phillies nucleus that has fallen short in its last several shots at the wild card. If this team in transition turned its season around after Bobby Abreu and David Bell were traded, it seems reasonable that it would benefit from having Burrell out of the lineup.
If Burrell hits a three-run homer in Florida this weekend to win the wild card, Manuel will look like a genius. From here, though, it looks like a better bet to put Burrell out of his baseball misery.
Posted: September 27, 2006 at 02:12 PM | 45 comment(s)
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