Phillies: Rebuilding or Regrouping?

The 2019 Philadelphia Phillies entered 2019 riding the crest of a Bryce Harper wave.

Surely, a World Series signing not only for 2019 but also, for many years down the road.

Unfortunately, Harper was a Right Fielder. Not a Pitcher, nor a manager.

In a season that played out like the Seinfeld episode, Bizarro World, the pinstripes would hang around playoff talk for a good part of the season.

Managerial decisions which could be termed “unusual”, Harper going in a slump, pitching by committee all were harbingers for disaster.

So, management, who mortgaged the future, were at a crossroad. Do we blow the whole thing up? Or, is it a matter of tweaks?

So, as you all know, a Manager change started things off. The aloof Gabe Kapler was let go but, landed on his feet in California.

The charismatic analytics guru, Joe Gerardi was brought in a responded with a glowing press conference.

Now, a respectable one up is in place with three big players in Hoskins, Realmuto, and Harper.

A good leadoff hitter in Andrew McCutchen…but, the pitching…weak middle relief and no lights out closer meant doom.

So, what are Girardi and Matt Klentak’s next moves?

Gary Groob

Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.



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