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Phillies now with Hoskins as the experiments continue for Phils

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Is Klentak suitable as a GM in the MLB?

All a lot of long time Phillies fans have been talking about this season is bringing up some of the players in the minor leagues that have been doing quite well for the AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Usually, the Phillies will not be bringing the younger players on until September, when the rosters expand and the team can add them the way they’d like to on the Phillies roster. Questions of service time and rookie status all play a part in the decisions of calling up players.

Apparently, the Phils succumbed to fan and media pressure, because they did add a couple of higher profile players to this team despite the fact that even though they were doing well in the minors, they are on the major league roster today.

Has this made a significant improvement for the Phillies? The answer to that would be at this point not really all that much. It’s given some fans a reason to buy a ticket to ballgames to see these new players on the field, but I would say that nothing significant has been changed as to the outcome of the games in regards to winning.

That leaves some more questions about the Phillies rebuild? What is going on with this? We’ve already seen the money wasted that was spent on two acquisitions on Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders. These two were unlikely to remain with the Phillies after this year and were an odd paring. Down deep I really think the only reason the Phillies GM added them to the roster was to boost up the payroll. It was very low if no free agents were added fans would have been vocal about that, this was an experiment that really makes you wonder about Matt Klentak.

Did Klentak have the credentials to become a major league GM? I really don’t think this is the case, yes, he may have been employed in some capacity in the upper management level with the Angels and before that with team President, Andy MacPhail, but what have these two brought to the Phillies table?

The Phils take on the Mets this afternoon in a battle for mediocrity in the NL East, my suggestion, get outdoors and skip hanging near the TV watching this, as Mike Schmidt said yesterday at the alumni night gathering at the stadium, “Live every day like it’s your last, be a beacon of light and spread love at home and in your community.”

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