Friday, March 31, 2006
CHARLIE MANUEL'S OPEN MIND TO AGE REFRESHING
I finally got home from nearly a month on the road last night, so one of the first things I wanted to get up to date on today was Chris Coste's status on making the Phillies' opening day roster. He is in Philadelphia for two weekend exhibitions, but the decision still seems to be pending. I did find one statement encouraging, and only wish it was the prevailing attitude throughout baseball. Even though we see older players on rosters all the time, seldom is it so that a 30-something player makes it for the first time. Philadelphia Manager Charlie Manuel seems to be an exception. In talking with MLB.com about the fact Coste is a 33-year-old rookie, Manuel said: "Don't ever let that (age) be a mark against you. That doesn't mean he can't play in the big leagues." Hooray for Charlie. Oh, Coste's spring average has slipped...all the way to .459 after a 1-for-3 day (plus a walk) in nine innings Thursday.
Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.