Charlie Manuel is long gone, and the Phillies are still playing baseball the same way that they have all year.
Yes, Ryne Sandberg is getting a chance to skipper this team, but like Manuel, he’s not a miracle worker. On any given night, this Phillies team slips back to that bad team that we’ve seen a lot of already. The Phils lost the series with Washington yesterday, getting beat 11-2 in the process.
What does this all add up to? The remaining players on the team were all assembled by Ruben Amaro Jr., and he should start to accept a major part of why the Phillies aren’t doing too well, and haven’t now for the past two seasons.
The Phillies organization were spending a lot of money and they still are. Not that spending money can equate to the quality you get on the field, but a lot of positions on this team haven’t been filled by players that are up to the task of bringing a playoff caliber team to the baseball diamond.
The Phillies bullpen was terrible all year, it is staffed primarily of minor league call up pitchers, and they haven’t done the job for the most part. Nothing was done to improve this at the All-Star break, and the outfield has been a non-stop source of players that aren’t playing at a particular position too much and getting bad results in doing so.
Players that made an impact in baseball have been traded, players that may should have been traded were not, and all of this is adding up to the Phillies not coming close to the postseason in two years has to add up to failure for Ruben Amaro Jr. who inherited a Cadillac of a team a few years ago, and now is running it into the ground.