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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Philadelphia Daily News: Conlin: CHARLIE’S IQ RISING WITH EVERY VICTORY

Charlie Manuel…passing the dreaded Stanford-Binet-Conlin test.

Suddenly, Charlie Manuel has gone from Mayberry to Mensa. If you rated the guy’s IQ at around the 100 range during those awful Aprils, you’ve got to think it went up about five points a win during the nine-game winning streak. That’s 145 - an IQ of 135 to 144 indicates a highly gifted intellectual. OK, deduct five points for the messy Wednesday loss to the Mets. But the Phils have won four straight since then, including lights-out starting pitching by wunderkind King Cole Hamels, Jon Lieber and Brett Myers, and the fortuitous slugging of Ryan Howard. Howard went directly from the ER to baseball history. Of the four hitters in baseball history who have now hit a pinch homer plus a second homer, he was the only one recovering from food poisoning.

So let’s tack 20 more points on Charlie’s IQ, which computes to 160. People with IQs between 155 and 164 fall into the “Genius Nobel Prize winners” category. A sweep in Milwaukee would take Manuel to 175-high genius.

Repoz Posted: May 16, 2006 at 01:41 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Slapinions Posted: May 16, 2006 at 01:54 PM (#2021985)
A sweep in Milwaukee would take Manuel to 175-high genius.<blockquote>

Good luck trying for a sweep. Tell me how it turns out.
   2. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: May 16, 2006 at 02:30 PM (#2022030)
A sweep in Milwaukee would take Manuel to 175-high genius.

Glaven!
   3. TerpNats Posted: May 16, 2006 at 02:34 PM (#2022038)
As much as it may pain some here to admit it, perhaps Conlin was a (semi-)genius when it came to touting Ryan Howard some years back, despite the Phils' acquisition of Jim Thome. He's been the real deal and then some.
   4. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 16, 2006 at 02:35 PM (#2022042)
This column is basically a bunch of random blathering, but Conlin is one of the best at that style of sportswriting. He manages not to be self-important or silly while writing a column that consists entirely of random blathering tangentially related to his opinions on some noncontroversial issue.

Also, I did not know that Charlie Manuel was fluent in Japanese. That does improve my opinion of him.
   5. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: May 16, 2006 at 03:18 PM (#2022102)
A sweep in Milwaukee would take Manuel to 175-high genius.

I think that with pitching matchups of Lidle/Capuano, Floyd/Bush and Hamels/Eveland, the Phillies would be overjoyed with two wins and quite satisfied with one (I'm looking at you, Dana).
   6. CSI:Bedford Falls Posted: May 16, 2006 at 04:08 PM (#2022160)
A sweep in Milwaukee would only leave you with a dustpan full of sausage skins, cheese curds and little bits of leather fringe from the vest of a 340-lb. chick with a mullet, mustache and harley tattoos on her ass.
   7. NedFlandersFields Posted: May 16, 2006 at 04:10 PM (#2022162)
I did not know that Charlie Manuel was fluent in Japanese. That does improve my opinion of him.


There's a great discussion of his tenure in Japan in You Gotta Have Wa. Highly recommended.
   8. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: May 16, 2006 at 04:43 PM (#2022196)
CSI - funny, thanks for the chuckle.
   9. The Polish Sausage Racer Posted: May 16, 2006 at 06:49 PM (#2022354)
Don't forget the Miller Lite empties, CSI.
   10. Slapinions Posted: May 17, 2006 at 02:59 AM (#2023765)
A sweep in Milwaukee would only leave you with a dustpan full of sausage skins, cheese curds and little bits of leather fringe from the vest of a 340-lb. chick with a mullet, mustache and harley tattoos on her ass. <blockquote>

Just more cushion for the pushin'.

Shame about the Phillies losing the opener :)
   11. mgl Posted: May 17, 2006 at 03:12 AM (#2023795)
I have not read the article, and of course managers will always be given credit for how their team does, even though there is in fact little correlation between a manager's skill and his team's w/l record (IMO and at least at the macro level), every time I watch a Philly game, including today versus MIL, I am convinced that Manuel has to be one of the worst managers in baseball. He simply has no clue as to what he is doing. He seems to automaticaly IBB's anyone anytime there is a base open (today, the first one was Jenkins to pitch to Lee with one out), he appears to have no clue that you can bring in a lefty pitcher to face a lefty batter or two, etc., etc. I vaguely remember him being sac bunt happy when he managed in the AL.
   12. danup Posted: May 17, 2006 at 03:34 AM (#2023811)
Wait he wrote that entire article without making a Flowers for Algernon reference? With that title?
   13. The Hop-Clop Goes On (psa1) Posted: May 17, 2006 at 03:43 AM (#2023812)
he appears to have no clue that you can bring in a lefty pitcher to face a lefty batter or two, etc., etc.

Not only that, he left RYAN FRANKLIN in for the 8th and 9th innings in a tie game. Firm believer in the "we're not winning, so let's throw our worst reliever in" theory of bullpen management.

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