2013 Philadelphia Phillies (MLB): Charlie Manuel has been fired (Aug. 16)
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07-31-2013, 12:24 PM
C`est La Vie
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Deptford, NJ
The manager has way less control than a GM over what happens on the field. A manager just sends the players he has out there, and yea he can make good an bad decisions, but he only has the players he's given. The players are far more of a deciding factor in how well the team performs.
The rebuild should have started last year and been continued through this year into the offseason. They could have rebuilt quickly with the talent they have for trade and the money they have to spend. Instead they're unwilling to take back salary, and are stuck with aging players. This team's down time could have been about 3-4 years including this past year and this year, and then they could have started improving like they were about 10 years ago.
Instead its going to be a slow agonizing death. With no prospects coming back into the organization through trade, they could be sending themselves back into the 90's. Their run was sustainable for the foreseeable future if management handled it properly. They could have been a Yankees/Red Sox type of contender, not every year but always in the mix. Instead they've screwed it up pretty bad thus far. It may be a very long time before they get back to the playoffs, and it's sickening because it could have been avoided if there wasn't a buffoon as the GM, and front office suddenly unwilling to spend.
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