Roy Halladay had some strong words earlier this week regarding the Phillies' decision to replace manager Charlie Manuel with Ryne Sandberg.
Halladay said on Tuesday that issues were being "overlooked" lately under Manuel and that Sandberg would get things back in order. The right-hander came out the following day to clarify his comments and explain that he enjoyed playing under Manuel.
Comcast SportsNet caught up with Manuel during a radio show appearance at Ponzio's in Cherry Hill, NJ and he said he understood where his former ace was going with those remarks.
"I think I kind of knew what he meant, but at the same time I think that he wanted to say it a little bit different," Manuel said. "Roy, how he thinks and everything like that and what he means, he should be able to say it. I've never stood for somebody backing off, but at the same time I kind of realize, I definitely realize a little different than most people. Most people wanted to take it like however they wanted to. It left something there that you could add on to or think about, but I talked to him. He was fine."
Halladay made his first comments on the Phillies' managerial change after his rehab start for Single A Lakewood on Tuesday night.
"So from that standpoint, as much as I miss Charlie, I think that Ryne’s 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," Halladay said. "You know, we really haven’t had that whole team effort and the whole team hustle that I think we’ve had in prior years.”
On Wednesday, the right-hander cleared up his stance on his former manager.
“I felt like what was said necessarily wasn’t written. And I just want to make it well known that I have a lot of respect for Charlie,” Halladay said. “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."