As various media outlets in the Philadelphia region have noted recently, manager Charlie Manuel has slimmed down considerably since he began a diet and exercise program during the 2009 season. This photo from thefightins.com shows the dramatic change in Charlie’s appearance:
Charlie says that his weight loss is due to NutriSystem, but after seeing this photo on the Phillies’ website recently, I think I know what really happened:
Charlie transferred his weight to bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer.
I’m sure the weights listed in the Phillies yearbooks should be taken with a grain of salt (or maybe not, doesn’t salt make one retain water?). Anyway, while Charlie’s weight was gradually shrinking, Mick’s seems to have been growing, from 225 to 275 pounds.
Mick, ask Charlie about the NutriSystem!