The Philadelphia Phillies are taking a page of out the Chicago White Sox’s playbook in an attempt to jump to the front of the line in the Manny Machado sweepstakes.
Dan Connolly of The Athletic lays out why this move by the Phillies could help sway Machado’s decision:
Besides select family members and a few close friends, there might be no one who knows Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Manny Machado better than Bobby Dickerson.
The longtime Orioles infield and third-base coach has had screaming matches with Machado and also has sat down and wept with the superstar when his time in Baltimore ended in July. Machado, 26, has often referred to Dickerson, 53, as one of his most important mentors.
It was Dickerson who went to Double-A Bowie and delivered a crash course in third-base instruction to a 19-year-old shortstop who would soon be thrust into a pennant race in 2012. And it was Dickerson who had those long talks with Machado about his legacy, about playing the game right and about how not to lose himself in his emotions.