Interesting time here in Philadelphia. The Phillies are out of it in early August, which isn’t something we are used to seeing. They went 81-81 last year after a stretch of five consecutive division titles. It is an aging, banged-up, high-payroll club nearing a crossroads.
The tough part, I’m sure, for the Phillies is that their fans have become attached to names like Rollins and Utley and Howard and Halladay and Lee and Ruiz. But there is a point at which you need to decide what your core is moving forward and who will still be here when you’re good again and I don’t know if the Phillies are ready to make tough decisions by either moving some veterans (some of whom might not be particularly “moveable” due to their salaries) or deciding not to bring some of their free agents back next year.
Difficult choices abound.
Then there’s the manager, the highly-decorated Charlie Manuel, who has more wins than any skipper in team history. Nearing the end of his 9th year in the dugout, it has the feel of an ending not too far in the distance for him in the manager’s chair.
All good things must come to an end and that end is near here in Philly.