Manuel Misses Lee; Loses Weight

Uncle Chollie misses Cliff Lee already and wishes the Phillies would have held onto him to team up with Roy Halladay. In a perfect world, we wish it was possible.

“Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball right now. Lee is a tad behind him. Of course it would’ve been nice to have both of them,” Manuel said Tuesday. “It’d be good to have Halladay, Lee, (Cole) Hamels. I’d be looking good. I might even be buying more expensive furniture than the Mrs. has been buying me lately.”

In order to hold onto to Lee for the remainder of the season, the Phillies would have a high risk of losing him because they couldn’t afford to have three players with $18+ million salaries. The ability to extend and sign Joe Blanon, Shane Victorino, and Carlos Ruiz would be hindered by having Lee on the roster. They also would have no farm system as Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies would not be here to replace Kyle Drabek and Michael Taylor.

To add to the Manuel news (or subtract), our jolly skipper has lost 58 pounds, a great benefit to his health. I love Manuel and am glad that he is watching his weight and working on staying healthy. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was motivated by Ryan Howard at all, who lost 30 pounds going into last season and wound up getting faster.

“I feel very good. Of course, I’ve been on a diet, but at the same time I’ve been doing a lot of exercising … I feel a lot better than I did when I weighed 286. I looked at a picture of me (Monday) and my stomach was over my belt. I had a pretty big gut.”

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