Manuel: Lee handling demotion to National League like a pro
Updated: August 20, 2009

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Most major league players would lash out at the front office after being demoted in the middle of an impressive season, but Cliff Lee seems to be handling his banishment to the National League with dignity and class.

Charlie Manuel spoke briefly on Thursday about Lee’s unfortunate situation.

“The guy’s been a great sport about everything so far,” Manuel said. “Everybody wants to prove themselves against real major leaguers, but he’s tearing through this NL slop to try and get another chance in the AL at some point.”

Lee turned in yet another stellar outing for the Phillies on Wednesday, allowing only two hits and one unearned run in his second complete game for his new team.

“When I first got the news that I was headed to the NL, I thought ‘Oh no, here we go again’,” said Lee, who was demoted to the minors with Indians in 2007. “But now that I’m here, I have to admit it’s kind of fun. It would be a lot more fun if these guys actually knew what a baseball was, but I’ll take an ERA under 1.00 and a .385 average all day long.”

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