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"I won't support the Phillies after what they did to Bowa." "The biggest mistake the Phillies made was letting go of Bowa." "The Phillies ownership let to wrong manager go."

If I ever hear this stuff again, I'll throw up. Whatever you want to say about the ownership, they certainly gave Bowa his chances. True, the Phillies won 86 games 2 years in a row, but the expectations were much higher because it's not as if Bowa was given a Brewers' sized payroll of players. It's not as if Wade signed only fading stars to play for him. It's not as if Bowa ran off the best third baseman in a Phillies uniform since Schmitt. Oh, wait, it is like that last one!

Bowa was not treated badly by the ownership, he treated them badly. His departure might end up being the best thing to happen to the Phillies all decade. If he was that great a manager, why is he on Baseball Tonight for 3 min a week instead of managing another team?

Whatever faults Manuel may have, he has a winning attitude, and doesn't panic when things are going poorly. Bowa would have exploded 5 times already this season, and grandstanded, and made the whole story about him, not the team.

My vote for the best offseason move is Manuel, because it was 2 for the price of 1: getting a good manager, and getting rid of a terrible one.

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