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08:11 AM ET 04.26 | Though it may have seemed like a valid question, Charlie Manuel did not take kindly to being asked about 39-year-old Jose Contreras being overworked before going on the DL. The Phillies manager bristled at the idea Monday. He went on a long rant about critics of his management of pitchers and included those in the front office. "The object of it is, like I tell our guys in the meetings -- the brass -- the object is for us to win the game," Manuel said. "Every day we come to the ballpark, that's the object, to win the game. Now do you want to win or do you want to lose? To me, I want to win, so I'll put the best team I possibly can on the field that day. I'll give you days off when I think so. If I'm going to be accountable for my job, then you let me do the whole thing. You basically let me do my whole job. I don't need nobody to tell me what to do and how to do it. It's up to me to do it."

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April 26, 2011  09:51 AM ET

I truly hope Manual was simply abbrev. objective. Otherwise, according to Manual they come to the park every day to get an object....

April 26, 2011  10:00 AM ET

Charlie has to realize that Contreras is probably even older than the 39 years of age that he claims to be.

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April 26, 2011  10:22 AM ET

Charlie didn't over work Contreras. But that doesn't mean that he doesn't over work his pitchers. Roy Halladay should not be throwing 130 pitches in a game in April. Especially against a Padres offense that barely qualifies as an offense.

April 26, 2011  12:13 PM ET

"Hello....you play...to win...the game! "

April 26, 2011  12:23 PM ET

You go, Charlie. Dude has probably forgotten more about baseball than most of us will ever know.

Must be something about guys named Charlie and "winning."

Hello, #winning?

April 26, 2011  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I truly hope Manual was simply abbrev. objective. Otherwise, according to Manual they come to the park every day to get an object....

That's just Charlie. You should have heard him when he the Tribe's skipper. He speaks like Lawrence Olivier now compared with his days in Cleveland.

April 26, 2011  12:28 PM ET

Taking criticism is part of managing. But I'm sure it gets hold answering questions from people that really don't understand and grasp the intricacies of running a baseball team on a daily basis.

April 26, 2011  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

it gets hold

*old

April 26, 2011  01:30 PM ET

If he wins (injuries aside) he'll keep his job... If he loses (by resting players to prevent injuries) he won't.

It really is that simple. And he obviously is well aware of this fact.

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April 26, 2011  01:49 PM ET

Amen Charlie!

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