From Rotoworld.... Charlie Manuel is blaming Bobby Abreu's slump on the Home Run Derby, which he won by jacking a record 41 of them last month.
"I don't think the home-run contest got me into a slump," he said before last night's game against the Chicago Cubs. "I'm just having a problem with mechanics. I'm pulling the ball too much, and that's not me."
Since the contest, Abreu is hitting just .194 with no home runs, which is hard to believe after watching him on that night. He was 2-for-3 with a double last night, so maybe he's about ready to break out of his slump.
It's kind of amusing how he says it's not that, but then lists a problem that could very well happen from the HR Derby. In the contest you obviously try to pull the ball to hit HR's, so saying he is pulling off to much would somewhat link the two together.
Not saying that it's due to his slump, but his excuse or reasoning defiantly doesn't clear up anything.