A pregame interview with Charlie Manuel
Phillies manager meets the media prior to Game 4 of the World Series
Carlos Ruiz wound up being the hero last night. Plainly he's in the lineup because of his defense, but do you think anything he gives offensively is a bonus or is he a better hitter than he's shown and maybe he's capable?CHARLIE MANUEL: I think he's a better hitter than what he's shown during the season. He got in a rut during the season and had a hard time getting out of it. The last couple of weeks, especially, like his bat's gotten quicker, he waits better, and he's got better balance at the plate. He's a little more aggressive, but at the same time he's been getting good balls to hit. He's always been, in the minor leagues he was a good hitter. Had a big year in Triple A before he came up here. Last year he hit like .254 or something or .255, knocked in some big runs. And, yeah, I liked him last night right there where we were at, because he has been swinging good, and he's been hitting the ball in the air a lot.
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