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Why Charlie Had To Impose a Deadline

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Since December, the Phillies and Charlie Manuel have been working on a getting a new contract hammered out. Now, with the season starting to loom, Manuel has put a deadline of Opening Day on the negotiations; a move that he had to make.

Charlie Manuel knows the game of baseball. He's considered somewhat of a guru when it comes to hitting and he is somewhat of a genius when it comes to dealing with players. His philosophy is basically pretty simple; he lets the players handle themselves, but they all know that they better not go astray or they'll be having a serious conversation with the big 67 year-old. And they also know that...

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