Phillies using next year as motivation for this one

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Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

It’s hard to find anybody that thinks that Charlie Manuel will be back as the Phillies manager after this season, but he made an interesting point following Saturday’s 5-4 loss in 12 innings to the Atlanta Braves about others who we know will be returning next year.

This was the Phillies fourth consecutive loss and 12th in their last 13 games and any realistic playoff contention faded during this two-week tailspin.

Manuel was asked after Saturday’s game if he worries about the players packing it in if the losing continues.

“I think is up to us to make sure we come out and play as hard as we can and play every day,” he said.

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Then he got to the main point. While the Phillies aren’t realistically competing for the postseason (our words, not Manuel’s), the players know that jobs will be at stake.

“I think everyone on the team although we lose a game, everybody on the team really has something to play for, putting up the best numbers and performance they can pitching and hitting wise,” Manuel said. “I think that is the way most every team looks at it and you never know how many games you can win if come out and play as hard a can and play right but now we are having a hard time getting things going.”

Manuel’s isn’t hiding his frustration and neither are the players. They are trying hard, maybe trying too hard, but for the second consecutive season, they simply aren’t good enough.

And that is why the players have to play for next year since this one has already been botched.

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