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Phillies talk with Little

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Published October 15, 2004

PHILADELPHIA - Grady Little wanted to talk about the Phillies' vacant managerial position. Instead, he spent lots of time reliving the move that cost him his job with the Red Sox.

Little stuck too long with a tiring Pedro Martinez in the seventh game of last year's ALCS. The Red Sox lost the series to the Yankees. Little was gone soon after.

"It's a shame, but that's life," Little said. "That comes with the territory when you're on center stage like that. It's one of the many decisions that I had to make throughout my tenure as manager for the Boston Red Sox. One of those decisions got bad results in the seventh game and it's a shame people tend to judge me on that."

Little went 188-136 in two years with Boston. He spent this season as an adviser with the Cubs.

"I came here not to talk about the 2003 Boston Red Sox or the 2004 Philadelphia Phillies, I came here to talk about what I might be able to do to make a difference in the 2005 Philadelphia Phillies," Little said.

Little was the third candidate in three days to interview for the job, less than two weeks after Larry Bowa was fired.

BRAVES: Shortstop Rafael Furcal, serving a 21-day sentence for arrest while on probation, pleaded guilty to his second drunken driving charge. The latest sentence will run concurrently with the remaining 19 days of his term in Cobb County. He entered jail Tuesday, the day after the Braves lost the NLDS to the Astros.

BREWERS: Milwaukee declined the option on shortstop Craig Counsell and waived catcher Gary Bennett. It claimed right-handed pitcher Derrick Turnbow off waivers from the Angels. Counsell, who hit .241 with two home runs and 23 RBIs, can file for free agency after the World Series.

PIRATES: Right-hander Mark Corey was removed from the 40-man roster and cleared waivers, making him a free agent. Corey, 29, was 1-2 with a 4.54 ERA in 31 games.

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