Today’s Game: Charlie Manuel

All this week we’re taking a closer look at the 10 people on the Today’s Game Era Ballot for the Hall of Fame. There’s a beautiful irony in that some of the greatest hitting coaches in baseball history — Charlie Lau, Walt Hriniak and Kevin Long, for example — couldn’t actually hit a lick themselves. Well, that’s probably an Alanis Morissette-level misuse of “irony,” because it actually makes perfect sense: Who's more likely to THINK more about hitting, the one hitting .200 and trying to stay in professional ball, or the one hitting .300 and looking to buy another Ferrari?

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