September 25, 2007


By some miracle, in a season in which they have lost five of their original six starters and have essentially dragged people in off the street to pitch for them in relief, the Phillies are still alive the last week of the season. They are tied for the NL wild card lead with San Diego, and are just two games back of the Mets in the NL East. And on top of that, the Phils are at home for all six remaining games (against Atlanta, and Washington), while the Padres are on the road for all six. San Diego also lost one of their best players, when Milton Bradley became the first player in baseball history to suffer a torn ACL while being restrained by his own manager.

At any rate, general manager Pat Gillick announced yesterday that he will return next year for his final season in Philly. Which makes sense; he is almost 70. Hopefully, the Phils have given some sort of assurance to Ruben Amaro, Jr., that the job is his after Gillick leaves. In the meantime, Charlie Manuel's status remains uncertain. But considering what he's done with such limited talent this year, there's no doubt he deserves to return.

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 25, 2007 05:21 PM
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