First day of the Phillies off-season

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Is this the last time we see Gabe giving the starting lineup at home plate for the Phillies?

The only thing I am thinking about on the first day of the Phillies off-season is about the hype of the Phillies possibly making the playoffs during the past couple months, this team was no more on its way to the playoffs than the man in the moon, but thanks to a bunch of sites that gave the most outside chance for a team to still be in it, the Phils were being constantly mentioned as a team that ‘still has a chance’ to make it.

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Parker had a peculiar wind up, we haven’t seen since the days of Kent Tekulve or Wayne Twitchell

The Phils may have had a really long shot of a chance to make it, almost like saying you have a chance to get struck by lightning, yes, I do think you have a greater chance of getting hit by lightning than the Phillies had to make the playoffs this year. That’s the fallacy of sabermetrics in a nutshell, a number that is essentially meaningless but got a lot of attention by writers and the visual media.

What to do in the off-season? Word is that the Phils will announce the fate of manager, Gabe Kapler, and unless they have someone in the wings, the answer will be that Kapler will return as manager, because that is all that has been said by upper management. There has been a small faction of fans that want him fired but not a big public outcry. In fact, there was an article that says if Kapler is fired, it may not be his fault, but points at upper management as a more plausible reason. Some articles say Kapler is gone, but it’s the team that lost the games, like it not.

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Kapler thanks Charlie for coming on board as hitting coach, it didn’t seem to help Rhys at all though

The pitching staff was a mess, this team spent a ton of money on bullpen pitchers that hardly pitched. Millions of dollars in fact, money that should have went to a quality starter. You had 4 relievers that made millions, (a combined $36M) Neshek, Nicasio, Hunter, and Robertson – that were a near complete bust. The rest of the pitching staff except Arrieta (who made $25M last year for mediocre or less performance) and Nola at $4.5M were guys that weren’t highly paid, Velasquez, Pivetta, Eickhoff, and Eflin ($4.4M combined for all). All moves orchestrated by upper management. The Phillies managed to survive on one of the weakest starting rotations in baseball.

There will be time to talk more about what went wrong with this team, will Kapler be returning next year. He stood in the dugout and thanked all the players after the last out yesterday and that was an appreciation that you don’t see all that often in the dugout, especially since it may be the end of his career as Phillies manager as well.

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