It is interesting how quickly the Phillies reverted to their historic norm....last place.
It was just a few years ago the Phillies were in a run of playoff appearances that started with players like Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels either just reaching their prime or in it....now, in 2014, only Hamels could be said to be anywhere near his prime. The three position players have long ago seen their best years.
The problem is there are no players in the Phillies farm system ready to take their place. So it appears as if the rebuilding process will again be slow...maybe historically slow.
Speaking of baseball, if you are a fan of baseball books, Delaware's own Hal Bodley will be at the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame on Thursday, August 7th from 4 to 6pm signing copies of his new book, "How Baseball Explains America." Hal is a former News-Journal sports editor, former USA Today sports editor and currently a columnist for mlb.com.
Hal is a native of Delaware, graduate of Smyrna High School and the University of Delaware and may be the most accomplished baseball writer in America today. So I urge you to come out to the DSMHOF on August 7th, buy a copy of his new book, get it autographed and talk baseball with Hal Bodley.
And if you can't make it 4 to 6 on that date, Hal will be at the Blue Rocks game later that evening.
Posted at 8:33am on July 18, 2014 by Big Don Voltz
Don, you may remember I called you about this very subject around a month ago. We're now back to around 1999 or 2000 when they were at rock bottom as far as they could go. I remember back then I was saying they needed to win some games if they wanted a new stadium. Of course, we know business doesn't work that way. But thankfully, the Phillies have likely paid for that stadium many times over having won the 2008 world series and with the attendance in the years leading up to it.
Take courage. This stuff goes in cycles. The Phillies will be great again, and hopefully in our lifetime.
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