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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Charlie Manuel's strength as a manager is his ability to make his positions clear to his players.

He can make them clear, too, to the public --- which is what he did Sunday after a 2-1 Phillies loss to the Braves.

Though the manager refused to admit the Phillies were out of playoff chances, he hinted strongly at what they will need to contend for a world championship during a longer-than-usual postgame press conference.

"I'm talking about prototype players who are definitely going to provide enough run production and stuff like that,” Manuel said, β€œto actually give you a chance to win a division and a World Series.”

Since the Phillies have scored three of fewer runs 69 times this season --- continuing a three-season trend --- that's a reasonable offseason starting point. And that offseason is arriving in a hurry.

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