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Phillies still searching for the manager of the future

Ryne Sandberg left the Phillies immediately upon hearing Andy MacPhail had been hired, since then the Phillies have tanked incredibly
pics. c. R.Baxter 2014

The Phils keep searching for the manager that will take this team into the future. Like the rebuild though we have been experiencing, it’s taking some time. What can the priorities be of this job?

What kind of manager do the Phillies need now?

A guy that knows baseball that can motivate his players to do better and succeed playing this game is what we would like to see. There are plenty of qualified candidates, most of the other teams that have needed managers this season have already filled their managerial roles.

In an age where success in the postseason has been a measure of success from some teams, we’ve seen the Boston Red Sox fire John Farrell after being somewhat successful in managing the team, and then Dusty Baker walking away from the game after leading the Nationals into the playoffs, what are General Managers looking for these days?

Did Sandberg have a crystal ball for the future?

This leads me back to thinking about Ryne Sandberg and his reasons for wanting to leave the Phillies. Yes, we can look back and say perhaps he shouldn’t have just quit in mid-stream on the team. His reasons though really are starting to resonate louder as time goes on with this writer. He said that he didn’t feel that the management had  (or would have with MacPhail) a commitment to winning. And look what has happened to this team since. The Phillies have been one of the worst teams in baseball.

MacPhail critics have said he doesn’t have chutzpah for free agents 

Andy MacPhail has been criticized for much of his career in management of a professional baseball team. MacPhail did have success as a GM in Minnesota though bringing the Twins to the playoffs in 1987 and 1991. He’s got the right name for the job, his father was in the baseball business and very successful I might add.

Old habits die hard, MacPhail not wanting to add arms to the Orioles is the difference in their success going back to his time there

When it comes to Andy though, one of the biggest drawbacks has been a charge that he hasn’t been able to ‘do the right  thing’ when it comes to getting the proper players on a baseball team that add up to winning in the postseason. He’s demonstrated that again in this off-season. Saying the Phillies weren’t going to go out and sign a big name free agent. Not now, wait a while, was his mantra from a couple weeks ago.

The wait continues for Phillies fans who are still finding interest in this baseball team

Well, we’re waiting and waiting. The Phillies seemingly dragging this managerial hire process down Broad Street like a mummer who got stuck under a Septa bus and is screaming for someone to stop that thing. It’s getting uglier by the year here for Phillies fans, whom many have taken their interests elsewhere. The Mets have hired their new skipper and the Red Sox have hired their new skipper, after relieving a very successful John Farrell from his duties. To me, the choice here is obvious, though I won’t reveal who I would pick until after the Phillies announce their pick.

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