"I like to run," Manuel said. "The more you run, the more pressure you put on the other team. I want to press and push the other team. People take it for granted that since I was a hitting coach, I just sit back and wait for the three-run homer. I love the three-run homer, but at the same time, I get a charge out of seeing someone steal second and third and scoring on a ground ball."
"I think he can steal 60 to 75," said Manuel, without a trace of doubt. "Stealing bases is confidence, too. The more you run, the better you get. Thirty isn't too low, but I think he can steal more. He's a legit base stealer."
Manuel's request of Rollins is part of his philosophy of utilizing the top-of-the-lineup speed of Rollins, Kenny Lofton and Bobby Abreu, and to manufacture as many runs as possible. Playing in homer-friendly Citizens Bank Park can be intimidating, as no lead is safe and no deficit too small to overcome.