Present-day manager Charlie Manuel got into it with glory day manager and present-day advisor Dallas Green before yesterday's game, according to a report by Jim Salisbury in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to the story, Manuel has been seething ever since Green publicly criticized him on radio several weeks ago. Manuel confronted Green near the dugout before the start of the Phillies game against the Mets. According to Salisbury, the confrontation lasted 60 seconds, with Manuel doing most of the talking and finger pointing.
Sources told Salisbury that Green was "slapped on the wrist" for criticizing Manuel and was told to stay away from the field, clubhouse and dugout. He was reportedly showing a group of friends around the field.
The 72-year-old manager of the 1980 World Championship team was enshrined Wall of Fame last week, leading to speculation he would retire or not be retained as advisor next year. Always outspoken, Green last made headlines by criticizing since-departed third baseman Scott Rolen.
The Phillies began the process of cutting ties with the old regime by firing Larry Bowa, and they’re long overdue to wave goodbye to Dinosaur Dallas. Tom Goodman of Swing and a Miss has long championed this cause. This morning, Goodman writes:
Once or twice a season, Green can be counted on to open his big mouth and publicly ridicule some player ... Green (pictured right with mouth open) was enshrined for something he accomplished 26 years ago this October. There are many, including several of his former ballplayers, who have publicly stated that the 1980 team won the World Series despite or to spite him. Regardless of how one views that magical season of long ago, Green has done nothing since to endear him to fans or players alike ... Since his return as a senior advisor Green has remained in the background for the most part save the occasional sally forth to utter some public ridicule. Once again, Mr. Montgomery, the debt to Mr. Green has been paid in full. Consider the enshrinement your final payment and do the right thing. Tell the Big Mouth goodbye. By the way, does the wall plaque show him with his mouth open?
It’s up to the Phillies decision-makers to decide whether they’re truly serious about moving forward and not looking back. Pat Gillick’s job is hard enough without a so-called advisor throwing his field manager under the bus. I struggle to grasp how a disruptive former manager, whose frame of reference lies 26 years in the past, can offer fresh advice for a GM whose Mariners team set an AL record with 116 wins just five years ago.
It’s time for Mr. Green to join many of the legends enshrined on that wall: Present only in memory; absent in physical and audible form.