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Jerry Manuel Aces One Test But Fails on Another

Published by on May 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

During the New York Mets win last Wednesday night (May 6, '09) over the rival Philadelphia Phillies, Mets manager Jerry Manuel learned something about his closer, Francisco Rodriguez.

"I found out how resilient Frankie is," Manuel said to WFAN's Mike Francesca on Thursday afternoon. "I came into the clubhouse today figuring I needed to give him a day, but he told he was good to go and wanted the ball."

This is good news for Manuel is that he has finally figured out that a manager needs his best pitcher on the mound during the "crunch time" of a game. Someone as talented and durable as K-Rod wants and needs the ball early and often.

That is part of the competitiveness of a major league ...

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