Asked by The Post late in the year how he felt about the catchers' defense and handling of the pitchers, [Dan] Warthen pursed his lips and said: "Next question."
I use the statistics pretty much as confirmation as to the decision I made. I’ll look back and say, ‘At least it lines up with the stats,’ and sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t.
When Manuel took over as manager, he said that he would watch Pérez’s starts from the top step of the dugout so he could, if needed, retrieve him that much quicker.
"I haven’t been on the top step in a while with Ollie," Manuel said. "Ollie told me sit down and be quiet over there, so that’s what I’ve been doing."
Jerry Manual is a Gangster!
"I told him next time he does that I'm going to get my blade out and cut him. I'm a gangster. You go gangster on me, I'm going to have to get you. You do that again, I'm going to cut you right on the field," quipped Manuel, who reinserted Reyes at shortstop and the leadoff spot for last night's series finale against the Angels.