"Halladay approves firing."
"Doc: Switch to Ryno Good."
"Doc Supported Manuel's Firing."
Those were three ways the story was reported, at least if you just read three-to-five word headlines or teaser tweets, after Roy Halladay spoke publicly for the first time since Charlie Manuel's firing on Tuesday night. Roy Halladay did not approve of those messages.
Halladay asked to speak to the media on Wednesday afternoon to clear the air and correct what he felt was "lost in translation."
Halladay spoke for almost three minutes.
"I felt like what was said necessarily wasn’t written," Halladay began. "And I just want to make it well known that I have a lot of respect for Charlie. There were some articles put out that offended me and I’m sure offended Charlie. And I called him today and talked to him about it. We’ve been in a lot of contact. I loved playing for him. He was a great manager. Everybody here loved him. The players loved him. And he was a lot of the reason they won the World Series here. I just want to make that point clear. I was also trying to say that I feel like if there was somebody that’s going to replace a guy like that then it’s going to be a Ryne Sandberg type of person with the experience that he carries and everything else.
"But I really felt like a lot was lost in translation with respect to Charlie. I just want to make that clear. I don’t endorse any manager’s firing. The players get managers fired. Any time a manager is fired as a player you feel like you haven’t done your job.
"Really, that’s it. I just want to make sure the air is clear there. I talked to Charlie and we’re good. But I wanted him to know that I really enjoyed playing for him and as far as managers have gone, he’s the best I’ve ever been around. I really enjoyed the time with him. At the same token I look forward to working with Ryne, too. Really, that’s about it. I think I saw one title that said I endorsed the firing of Charlie Manuel. And that really bothered me, so I just wanted to make sure we were all clear."
Following his second minor league rehab start in Lakewood a night earlier, Halladay's spoke more about what he hoped would be changes within the Phillies clubhouse. If you read between the lines, it felt like he was calling out some of his teammates more than the former manager.
But, everything is open to interpretation. Here is what Halladay said Tuesday night, four days after Ryne Sandberg replace Manuel as the Phillies manager:
"I've exchanged texts with (Manuel), and obviously I loved him - he was great," Halladay said. "But from what I've seen, Ryne came in and made some changes and addressed some issues that I think were being overlooked. So from that standpoint, as much as I miss Charlie, I think that Ryne is going to do a good job, and I think he's going to bring back a little more of the Phillie baseball style than we've had the last couple of years. We really haven't had that whole team effort and that whole team hustle that I think we've had in the prior years."
"Just different things, guys being at places on time, being on the field on time, taking ground balls, taking extra BP, all those little things that nobody thinks makes a difference," Halladay said. "I think he's been very good so far. But again, and I don't want to take away anything from Charlie, we all respected him tremendously, and I think he's going to have a choice of what he wants to do next."
Halladay will continue his minor league rehab tour at Double-A Reading on Sunday. He is eyeing a comeback to the rotation for the season's final month after undergoing shoulder surgery on May 15.