Ruben Amaro Jr. has kept longtime Phillies together for a chance a returning to the World Series well past the time he should have.
As the years have gone by, the core group of Hamels, Howard, Rollins, and Utley have also had a lot of others staying with the team as well. Lessor known names to the casual baseball fan as Kyle Kendrick, Domonic Brown, and until recently John Mayberry have been on this team for long periods of time too.
The facts hare all there to see that this team has needed change for some time now, and only recently did the Phillies front office officially acknowledge that they weren’t a contender anymore and it could be several years before they become a contender again. You think?
Maybe it was the last two years that the Phillies finished dismally in the standings. That gave the front office a clue that this was indeed the case, that the Phillies were not in good shape.
If anything, the last three years have been dismal for this team, and the last three years have seen this team spend a whopping $509M on salaries. That is a half a billion dollars my dear readers.
The front office above Ruben Amaro has been on snooze alert as this team has spent and not gotten anything in return for it. Normally a business that is managed so poorly as that gets some attention. Usually the people responsible for things like that find themselves out of a job.
What happens after such a poor performance last year? The Phillies announce there will be no changes in the coaching staff. Huh? A terrible season in which the team had a 73 win season and there won’t be any changes? That’s just proof that this team is hurting more than we realize.
What will happen at the Winter Meetings that start up today? Maybe the Phillies will trade Cole Hamels has the media has been clamoring for. That isn’t the answer to the Phillies problems though, it goes much deeper than that.