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The Phillies returned Odubel Herrera to their active roster Thursday, but it remains unclear if the outfielder will play again for the team after being suspended 85 games last season because of his arrest after a domestic violence incident in Atlantic City.

Activating Herrera was a procedural move; his suspension ran through the end of the season. He now counts against the team’s 40-man roster, which must be trimmed by Monday from 43 to 40. The Phillies could try to trade Herrera this offseason, but the Phillies likely would have to pay most of his salary because it’s difficult to see another team taking on Herrera’s remaining $21 million.
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Herrera was charged with assault on Memorial Day after his girlfriend sought out security at the Golden Nugget casino and said she had been attacked in their hotel room. The police report said “handprint markings” were found on her neck, in addition to scratches. In July, she declined to press charges and the judge dismissed the case but said that decision was contingent upon Herrera’s completing counseling. He was suspended two days later by Major League Baseball and said in a statement that he “acted in an unacceptable manner and am terribly disappointed in myself.”

The Phillies could simply release Herrera, but the league’s collective bargaining agreement states that the transaction must be done for baseball reasons and not because of his suspension. The Phillies could point to the .216 batting average and .632 OPS Herrera posted in 539 plate appearances over his final calendar year, before his suspension, as a baseball reason. Before being suspended, Herrera already had played himself out of a starting role.

“He comes to spring training and we’ll see where his talents and abilities take him from there,” president Andy MacPhail said in July. “We’ll see what he’s stacked up against. Right now, we have [Andrew] McCutchen and [Jay] Bruce. We have [Adam] Haseley. We have [Roman] Quinn. We have [Bryce] Harper. It’s a crowded outfield. So we’ll have to see how he performs on the field.”

Eight players — Sean Rodriguez, Tommy Hunter, Logan Morrison, Juan Nicasio, Brad Miller, Nick Vincent, Corey Dickerson, and Drew Smyly — elected free agency Thursday, which brought the 40-man roster down to 44 players after relief pitcher Robert Stock was claimed off waivers from San Diego. It lowered to 43 players Friday when Jose Pirela, who will play in Japan, was released.
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The Phillies will decline Pat Neshek’s $7 million option for 2020, but they have yet to announce their plans on the options for Jason Vargas ($8 million) and Jared Hughes ($3 million). Declining all three options would bring the Phillies to 40 players.

The heavier lifting will come Dec. 2, the deadline for the Phillies to decide if they will tender contracts to players such as Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez as they set their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft.

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Make way MLB offseason, it’s officially wedding season — at least it is for Rhys Hoskins and long-term girlfriend Jayme Bermudez.

Saturday Nov. 9, the two tied the knot in front of family, friends and loved ones at the Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe.

It was revealed last week that teammate Scott Kingery was in the wedding party with quite the fun post, but it looks like he changed up his attire for the big day.

And I’m not going to lie, that #DropItLikeItsHos hashtag is now ranked in the top-five most creative weddings tags I’ve seen.

Of course a congratulations is in order for the newlyweds but there’s still one question remaining … their dog Rookie was the ring bearer so … where are those pictures? I’ll be waiting simply because … well, who can pass up a dog in a tux?

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The Yankees may not have completed their championship chase, but getting close still pays.

The ALCS runner-up Bronx Bombers issued 71 full shares to their players worth $114,367.19 each.

The total was taken from a total pool of about $80.86 million formed from gate receipts across the playoffs.

The further you make it, the more your team is rewarded, hence the World Champion Nationals players earning full shares of more than $382K while AL pennant-winning Astros took about $256K.

The $80M-plus pool — of which the Yankees and NL runner up Cardinals received $9,703,337.49 — was the third-largest players pool ever.
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Last year, the Yankees received about $43K each as a reward for losing in the ALDS to the eventual champion Red Sox.

The dissemination of shares, which is often granted as a show of appreciation by the players to their coaches and support staff‚ was mired in controversy when former set-up man David Robertson rallied a quorum of players to withhold shares to numerous traveling members within the organization, clubhouse attendants, batting practice pitchers, and team analytics liason Zac Fieroh.

Assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere received just half a share.

Robertson was in the final season of a four year, $46M deal, so his stinginess over the team’s playoff earnings was reportedly received poorly within the organization. The veteran reliever signed with the Phillies in the offseason.

The players’ pool is formed from 50% of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games; 60% of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series; 60% of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series; and 60% of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series.

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Amazon’s A League of Their Own series pilot casts The Good Place actress D’Arcy Carden as well as Broad City star Abbi Jacobson. Released in 1992, the original movie version of A League of Their Own told the real-life story of an all-female baseball league that rose to prominence during World War 2 while many major league stars were off fighting the war.

Directed by Penny Marshall, A League of Their Own starred Geena Davis (who garnered a Golden Globe nomination), Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna (who also performed the film’s Golden Globe-nominated song “This Used to Be My Playground”) as female ballplayers battling stereotypes, and sometimes each other, while making their baseball dreams come true. But the movie’s most memorable performance actually came from a male actor, Tom Hanks, who sank himself into the role of hard-drinking manager Jimmy Dugan (based on real-life major league player-manager Jimmie Foxx) and introduced the now-iconic line “There’s no crying in baseball.” The movie went on to be a hit with $132 million at the box office, and will now be revived as a half-hour series from Amazon (a 1993 sitcom version lasted only 3 episodes).
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As reported by THR, Amazon has begun casting the female ballplayers of A League of Their Own, adding Carden and Jacobson to the roster for the pilot. Jacobson is also set to write and executive produce alongside Mozart in the Jungle’s Will Graham.

The movie of course revolved around Davis and Petty’s sister characters Dottie and Kit, but the series version reportedly will not feature either character. The synopsis for the series reads:

“A League of Their Own is a half-hour comedy infusing the warmth, humor and DNA of the classic film, while taking a contemporary spin on the stories of the women surrounding the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The show will begin with the formation of the league in 1943 and follows the Rockford Peaches season to season as they struggle to keep the team alive through close games, injuries, late night bar crawls, sexual awakenings, not crying and road trips across a rapidly changing United States. The series dives deeper into the issues facing the country while following a ragtag team of women figuring themselves out while fighting to realize their dreams of playing professional baseball.”

In addition to her role as Janet on The Good Place, Carden is known for her performances on HBO’s Barry as well as Broad City. Carden will also be seen later this year alongside Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in the drama Bombshell. Jacobson of course is best known as co-creator and star of Broad City, and has also done voice work in the animated shows Disenchantment and BoJack Horseman.

At least going by the synopsis, it sounds like Amazon’s spin on A League of Their Own will be a little more hard-hitting and a little less wholesome than the movie, which tackled feminist issues in a largely non-offensive and comedic way, with Madonna giving the movie its only mild hint of raunchiness (which was mostly a self-aware play on her own image as a sex symbol). Of course, Jacobson’s Broad City is a fairly edgy show, and if she brings the same sensibility to Amazon’s A League of Their Own it will definitely be a change-up from the mostly family-friendly film.

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The Williamsport Crosscutters have announced that former Philadelphia Phillies all-star Greg Luzinski has been added as a special guest for the 14th annual Hot Stove Banquet to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the Grand Ballroom of the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.

Joining Luzinski at this year’s banquet will be ESPN Baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian and Philadelphia Phillies third base coach Dusty Wathan. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit a local charity to be announced later this month.

Luzinski played eleven seasons in Philadelphia (1970-1980) before finishing his career with the Chicago White Sox. He was a four-time National League All-Star with Philadelphia (1975-1978) and was a member of the Phillies first World Series championship team in 1980.

Kurkjian, who was a big hit at last year’s event, has covered baseball since 1978 and has been a baseball writer, reporter, analyst and host at ESPN since 1998. He has been a regular on Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter.

Wathan has been the Phillies third base coach for the past two seasons after a successful career managing in the Phillies system from 2008-2017.

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PHILADELPHIA — Is Bobby Abreu a Hall of Famer?

It is a question that will be asked, answered and debated over the next couple of months. On Monday, Abreu appeared on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot for the first time following an 18-year career, including nine dominant seasons with the Phillies from 1998-2006.

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Abreu is one of six players on the ballot with Phillies connections. The others are Raul Ibanez, Cliff Lee, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling and Billy Wagner. Schilling is entering his eighth out of 10 years of eligibility, and his name appeared on 60.9 percent of ballots cast last year. Rolen (entering his third, 17.2 percent last year) and Wagner (entering his fifth, 16.7 percent) also return to the ballot.

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Players need to appear on 75 percent of ballots for enshrinement.

“I really do think about it,” Abreu said this summer when he was inducted onto the Phillies’ Wall of Fame. “There’s some numbers there. Right now, people have more time to see what I did in baseball. I know I don’t have 500 homers, but I did a lot of things in the game that right now people are starting to see what’s going on.”

It will be interesting to see how Abreu fares, but his numbers do stack up. He slashed .291/.395/.475 in his career. Abreu had 2,470 hits and stole 400 bases. He played in more than 150 games in 13 consecutive seasons (1998-2010), while his 1,990 games in right field rank 11th on the all-time list.

Abreu posted a 60.0 career WAR, according to Baseball Reference, and the site’s Hall of Fame Monitor gives him a score of 94, where a score of 100 indicates a likely Hall of Famer. Its Hall of Fame Standards gives Abreu a score of 54, where the average Hall of Famer has a score of 50. The JAWS system ranks Abreu as the 20th-best right fielder in baseball history with a 60.0 career WAR and a 41.6 WAR over a seven-year peak. The average right fielder has a 71.5 career WAR and a 42.1 WAR over a seven-year peak.

Thirteen of the 19 right fielders ranked ahead of Abreu are in the Hall of Fame. Larry Walker, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Dwight Evans, Reggie Smith, Ichiro Suzuki and Sammy Sosa are not. But there are numerous right fielders ranked below Abreu who are in the Hall of Fame: Vladimir Guerrero, Elmer Flick, Enos Slaughter, Willie Keeler, Sam Rice, Harry Hooper, Kiki Cuyler, Chuck Klein, King Kelly and Sam Thompson.

In other words, Abreu is not a shoo-in, but he deserves serious consideration.

Lee (43.5 WAR) and Ibañez (20.4 WAR) are on the ballot for the first time as well, though they are both long shots. They must appear on five percent of the ballots to remain on the ballot. Schilling’s percentage has been up and down over the years, but it has crept toward enshrinement the past two years, with 60.9 percent in 2019 versus 51.2 percent in ’18.

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There is a chance Dellin Betances and Austin Romine will remain teammates in 2020 — and won’t have to travel far from The Bronx to do so.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Phillies have an interest in the right-handed reliever and the catcher as the free-agent market is expected to gain more traction heading into the Winter Meetings that open next Sunday in San Diego.

The Phillies also have been linked to free agent shortstop Didi Gregorius.

After hiring former Yankees manager Joe Girardi to replace the fired Gabe Kapler, the Phillies have to be aware what Betances, Romine and Gregorius bring to the field and clubhouse.

The most curious of the trio is Betances. Entering the 2019 season the New York City native was considered by many to be the premier reliever in baseball from 2014 to 2018 and he entered spring training last February ready for his first stab at free agency.
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If Betances, an All-Star from 2014-17, had come close to matching the previous five seasons in which he worked a total of 349 games, allowed 218 hits and struck out 607 batters in 373¹/₃ he easily would have been the top reliever on the free-agent market this offseason.

But because of a right shoulder impingement discovered in spring training and an oblique injury that surfaced in June, Betances’ season consisted of facing two Blue Jays batters, who each struck out looking, on Sept. 15 in Toronto. The next day, it was found Betances had a partial tear in his left Achilles tendon. That injury didn’t require surgery, but ended his season.

Instead of entering free agency with a chance to land a four-year deal that would have dwarfed the recent $34 million for four years that 31-year-old lefty Drew Pomeranz got from the Padres after two strong months in relief this past season for the Brewers, it is hard to gauge what Betances will receive after making $7.125 million this past year.

During the ALCS against the Astros, the 31-year-old Betances shed the walking boot and accompanied the Yankees to Houston for what turned out to be a season-ending Game 6 defeat.

There are obviously questions teams want answered concerning Betances, but according to a talent evaluator, the 6-foot-8, 265-pounder shouldn’t have to participate in any full-blown showcases for teams.
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“Maybe play catch or a bullpen session, but these days a lot of clubs go off the doctors’ report and how far things have progressed,’’ the person said.

After shelling out a combined $57.25 million on relievers Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek and David Robertson since 2018 and getting a combined 127 appearances due to injuries, the Phillies need bullpen help.

As for Romine, he is considered by some to be the premier backup catcher in the big leagues and is in demand after making $1.8 million this past season when the Yankees leaned heavily on the 31-year-old while Gary Sanchez spent two stints on the IL.

Should Romine be looking for a chance to start or play more than the 72 games he did this past season, the Phillies might not be a fit because they have perhaps the most complete catcher in baseball in J.T. Realmuto.

Travis d’Arnaud getting two years and $16 million recently from the Braves only can help Romine, who is the better catcher and has hit .262 with 18 homers and 77 RBIs in 149 games in the past two seasons. Should Romine leave, the Yankees are prepared to have Kyle Higashioka back up Sanchez.

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Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is a relatively new category from the sabermetrics universe. It is not an exact science and WAR can have varied formulas depending upon the source.

I’d like to explain WAR but can’t. I don’t understand it and can’t figure out why it carries so much weight. Guess I’m just a stubborn graduate of baseball’s old-school.

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There is WAR for position players, along with oWAR and dWAR. For pitchers, WAR. I decided to research the Phillies’ all-time leaders in basic WAR, position players only. Anyone who played for the Phillies prior to 1900 was excluded. I decided to explore those hitters who are among the team’s top 10 in several traditional, age-old offensive categories. Perhaps I missed someone. Apologies if that is the case.

Drum roll please…..

Mike Schmidt 106.8
Chase Utley 61.8
Richie Ashburn 57.7
Bobby Abreu 47.2
Jimmy Rollins 46.4
Johnny Callison 39.5
Dick Allen 35.4
Chuck Klein 34.9
Del Ennis 33.6
Gavvy Cravath 31.0
Cy Williams 30.3
Greg Luzinski 19.2
John Kruk 18.5
Pat Burrell 16.8
Ryan Howard 15.0

It is no surprise that Schmidt is the Phillies’ leader. Recognized as the greatest Phillies player ever, his WAR leadership adds fuel to this claim, I suppose.

His 106.8 WAR ranks 26th on baseball’s all-time list. His 548 home runs rank 16th.

Then there’s Howard, considered the greatest first baseman in franchise history. His 382 home runs are second only to Schmidt for the Phillies. In MLB history, that number is tied for 69th all-time. Only Schmidt has more RBIs among Phillies. Ryan’s RBI total (1,194) puts him tied for 159th in all of baseball. His 15.0 WAR doesn’t get him in the top 1,000. I don’t understand why I don’t understand that.

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The gated Neoclassical-vibe house, built in 2017, has 14,900 square feet of polished living space, a gym, a home theater and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Two curving staircases bookend the entry, which sits under a gigantic dome skylight.

The two-story floor plan includes formal living and dining rooms, an office, a wine cellar, eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. Bi-folding doors in the open-plan kitchen and family room open to a patio for indoor-outdoor living. There’s also a sauna.

Outside, grounds of more than half an acre contain a sports court, a cabana/kitchen, lawn and landscaping. A detached guesthouse with a second kitchen sits across from the pool.

Rollins, who played for the Phillies, Dodgers and White Sox, bought the property roughly two years ago for a then-neighborhood record $10.65 million, records show. Earlier this year, he bought another home in Encino for $8.7 million, The Times previously reported.

The 40-year-old Rollins won four Gold Glove Awards at shortstop and was the 2007 National League Most Valuable Player. The three-time all-star spent the majority of his 17-season career with Philadelphia and won a World Series title with the team in 2007.

Marc Noah of Sotheby’s International Realty and Dennis Chernov of Keller Williams Realty were the listing agents.

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However, he failed to develop promising players like Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez. He struggled to control a clubhouse full of underachieving stars. He made endless mind-boggling managerial decisions that left him to be consumed by the Philadelphia media.

Initially, there was reason to be excited about Kapler. He was a young, fresh new face at the head of an organization that had a reputation for promoting from within.

He brought an unconventional, analytical perspective over from his time as the Director of Player Development with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After years of disappointment in Philadelphia, the Phillies front office was eager to give him the keys to the clubhouse.

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In this decade, the Philadelphia Phillies have been trying to regain the success they found in the second half of the 2000s. They won five straight NL East titles from 2007-2011, including two NL pennants and a World Series title in 2008.

Since 2011, however, they have let each of their division rivals surpass them except for the Marlins.

It looked as if the Phillies’ luck was about to change in 2018. After two unsuccessful hirings from within the organization in Ryne Sandberg and Pete Mackanin, the Phillies finally outsourced and hired Kapler as their manager in the 2017 offseason.

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When he was introduced as Philadelphia Phillies manager in 2017, Gabe Kapler said his goal was to bring a World Series title to team owner John Middleton.

After two seasons without a playoff berth, the Phillies on Thursday fired Kapler, whose team (81-81) underachieved even with the addition of big-money free agent Bryce Harper and whose nontraditional, analytical style irritated many of the franchise’s passionate fans.

“Several years ago, I promised our loyal fans that I would do everything in my power to bring a world championship team to our city,” Middleton said in a statement. “I will never waver from that commitment. … I have decided that some changes are necessary to achieve our ultimate objective. Consequently, we will replace our manager.

“I am indebted to Gabe for the steadfast effort, energy and enthusiasm that he brought to our club, and we are unquestionably a better team and organization as a result of his contributions.”

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Kapler is the third consecutive Phillies manager to be fired after no more than two full seasons, joining Pete Mackanin and Ryne Sandberg. Middleton said general manager Matt Klentak will lead the team’s search for a new manager.

The team also announced that pitching coach Chris Young, head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and assistant athletic trainer Chris Mudd will not return. Hitting coach Charlie Manuel will return to his role as a senior adviser. The new manager will inherit the remainder of the coaching staff.

The Phillies have had internal conversations about Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi, among others, as potential replacements for Kapler, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney. Some executives have speculated that former Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon could also be a candidate, according to Olney.

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Showalter used to work under Phillies president Andy MacPhail and with Klentak when all were with the Baltimore Orioles.

The Phillies are the eighth team seeking a new manager this offseason, joining the Angels, Cubs, Giants, Mets, Padres, Pirates and Royals.


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“I have tremendous respect for this organization, this franchise and this city,” Kapler said in a statement. “We came into 2019 with very high hopes. We fell short of those, and that responsibility lies with me. The next Phillies manager will inherit a team of talented, dedicated and committed players. There has been nothing more fulfilling in my professional career than the opportunity to work with the players on this team.

“… As I move on, I know that this organization is in a great spot and will see a lot of success going forward. My hope is that I helped contribute to a developing culture in the organization that flourishes in the years to come.”

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Rival executives have wondered if Kapler might emerge as a managerial candidate with the Giants because of his ties with San Francisco’s Farhan Zaidi, according to Olney. Zaidi, the Giants’ head of baseball operations, used to work with Kapler in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ front office.

Philly took a gamble when it made Kapler the 54th manager in team history in November 2017, hoping a former big leaguer short on managerial experience — he previously had managed only one season in the minors (2007) — could lead the Phillies back to October baseball for the first time since 2011.

But the Kapler era in Philadelphia never took off.

In his first game, the Atlanta Braves rallied from a five-run deficit, winning on a three-run homer in the ninth inning. Kapler faced immediate scrutiny for lifting starter Aaron Nola with the Phillies up 5-0 and one out in the sixth inning. When Philly returned home after a season-opening 1-4 road trip, Kapler was booed resoundingly by Phillies fans.

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The 2019 Phillies became the third team ever to commit more than $400 million to free agents in a single offseason, but they finished 81-81.

2014 Yankees* $471M
2009 Yankees $441M
2019 Phillies* $401M
2008 Yankees* $396.15M
2019 Padres* $327.4M
* Didn’t make playoffs that season
A historic contract given to Harper and big trades for catcher J.T. Realmuto and infielder Jean Segura didn’t help much in 2019. Although the Phillies spent much of April and May in first place, a seven-game losing skid in June stalled any momentum. And while they stayed in the National League wild-card race, they lost eight of nine in late September and ultimately were eliminated from the postseason by Harper’s former team, the Nationals.

Injuries were a big reason the Phillies couldn’t record their first winning record since 2011. They lost leadoff hitter Andrew McCutchen for the season in June, and six of their top seven relievers missed significant time. Free-agent addition David Robertson pitched just 6⅔ innings, and Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter threw a combined 23⅓ innings. Also, starting center fielder Odubel Herrera played just 39 games before he was suspended for the rest of the season under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

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The Phillies finished fourth in the NL East — 16 games behind the first-place Braves and eight games behind Milwaukee for the second wild-card spot. In 2018, the Phillies were third at 80-82, finishing 10 games behind the Braves.

“I want to thank Kap for his tireless commitment to the Phillies over the last two years,” Klentak said in a statement. “When we hired Kap, it was our goal to develop a positive, forward-thinking and collaborative culture throughout the organization that would allow us to compete with the best teams in the league year in and year out.

“While we have fallen short in the win column for the last two years, I can confidently say that Kap’s efforts have established a strong and sustainable foundation for this organization moving forward.”

Kapler, 44, hit .268 in 12 major league seasons as an outfielder with the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and four other clubs. Before managing the Phillies, he spent several years as the Dodgers’ director of player development.

Out of the gates, Kapler and the Phillies looked like they finally found success. Kapler led his squad to a 56-44 record through 100 games. They entered August in first place in the standings. But this is when things started to go awry.

The Phillies ended the 2018 season 21-34 from August to September, leaving them with and underwhelming 80-82 record and outside of the postseason.

However, Kapler still improved the team by 16 games, so the Phillies organization prepared themselves for an aggressive offseason in 2018. They signed prized free agent Bryce Harper to a record-breaking contract and acquired other valuable pieces like Andrew McCutchen, David Robertson, Jean Segura, and J.T. Realmuto to solidify their rebuild.

Now, Kapler’s team looked like they could contend.

Unfortunately, that was not the case. While the Phillies started off decently in 2019, they hit a quick decline, highlighted by key injuries mixed with a lack of depth and poor managerial decision.

As a result, they finished in 4th place with 81-81 record, despite spending over $400 million in the offseason. They missed the postseason for the eighth straight season.

Thus, Kapler was ousted. The Phillies organization had no other choice than to move on from Kapler, who was the subject of widespread criticism from both the local and national media. While Kapler was certainly not the answer, the Phillies almost decade-long streak of failure has much deeper roots. Kapler was the third straight manager to be fired after only two seasons of work.

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The Philadelphia Phillies now have an expensive roster and a mess of a clubhouse. If they want to compete in 2020, it is in their best interest to completely clean out their coaching staff and start fresh with an experienced manager. Time will tell if the Phillies are ready to compete now, or if they are doomed for more failure in the near future.