|2007 NL Manager of the Year Award Voting|
|Bob Melvin, ARI||19||7||3||119|
|Charlie Manuel, PHI||7||11||8||76|
|Clint Hurdle, COL||4||10||8||58|
|Lou Piniella, CHC||2||3||6||25|
|Bud Black, SD||1||1||4|
|Manny Acta, WAS||4||4|
|Ned Yost, MIL||2||2|
The players were a relaxed bunch, especially in the season's final week, when they took advantage of the Mets' collapse. Manuel always said that his players make him look good, while others say it's sometimes the other way around."There's a lot more to him than what everybody gets to see," outfielder Aaron Rowand said. "He doesn't showboat the fact that he's doing this and that. He's the leader of this group. The manager is the key, and it's not just pushing buttons during the game. He does a great job communicating and doesn't need notoriety for it." Rowand may not be around to help Manuel overtake Melvin in 2008. The free agent's potential exit represents a blow to the NL's most potent offense. Manuel recognizes this and hopes the process has a happy ending. "We have to see what develops," Manuel said. "I'm sure he'll get back with us at some point [for negotiations]. It's a deal where Aaron gets to pick where he can go, and he's looking at the financial matter now. He's a tremendous player. I can fill out the lineup every day and know I can put him in there. It's tough to find a player as tough as he is and a player who will grind it out. He was a big part of our team, but we have players who are capable of playing very good and becoming good players." Manuel is also realistic in his team's needs. Despite the acquisition of Brad Lidge and the retaining of Romero, the Phillies are still pursuing pitching. "If we can add another starter or bullpen piece or two, I think that will make us much better," Manuel said.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.