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Hearts on Fire – Phillies look to build on ’18

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Soon this will be the scene from Spring Training, baseball will be back and the passion is reignited again for Phils fans

It’s another Valentines Day and yup, the wait is over for pitchers and catchers as the guys are back in camp for yet another upcoming baseball season. I’ve been away from this blog for sometime now due to a deeply personal life changing family event that had me taking a long break from writing about Phillies baseball and searching my soul for answers.

When a piece of your heart is torn away from you, it’s not that easy to recover and get back up and see the world in the same light.

On the baseball diamond, the Phillies showed some real promise last season. The team played like they were on fire up through the All-Star break last season. Lineup changes and all, night after night, it looked like a shoe-in that the Phillies were going to coast into the playoffs by the mid-summer classic. Well, things happen as they say, and things for the Phillies took a drastic change last year just after the All-Star break.

The Phillies added a few veterans to the mix before the trade deadline last year, but it may have had an overall negative effect on the team. They had changed a winning combination and went with some longtime veterans that added some excitement to the team, but didn’t necessarily make it a better team overall.

Gabe Kapler, the young Phillies manager, was being mentioned by some as ‘Manager of the Year’ for the way the Phillies seemed to be turned around, that changed when the Phils took a turn after the All-Star break after the team looked like it was coasting it’s way into a playoff spot. Even Kapler himself was talking about the closeness that the Phils were possibly going to be getting into the playoffs at certain points.

What happened? There are different opinions as to the exact whys these things happened to the Phillies last year. It was just short of an utter collapse which was very noticeable. Being able to move players around like puzzle pieces just wasn’t working. There was a call for some sort of uniformity. Have a more steady lineup every night, stop with all the changes all the time.

We have all season to look back and wonder why, but now it’s Valentine’s Day- a start up of yet another season of hope starts down in Clearwater, Florida for the Phillies and for the fans that like to follow the team.

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