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Week in Review
- Updated: September 1, 2013
There have been many changes made in the Phillies’ clubhouse during the month of August.
In the last 31 days, former manager Charlie Manuel was fired, Ryne Sandberg was named interim manager, and Michael Young was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers to cap off the month.
Changes to the everyday lineup have become common place, with a youth movement beginning to take shape. With Ryan Howard sidelined for the remainder of the season, Roy Halladay out for four months and Young shipped out west, many young players have been given the opportunity to play for the big league club.
Phillies’ brass has had the chance to see Darin Ruf, Cody Asche, Jonathan Pettibone, Tyler Cloyd and a host of young arms in the bullpen, all with mixed results. The idea is to get a better sense of what the talent level might be heading into next season, and figuring out what areas might need help.
With Sandberg managing the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs for three seasons, he is not only familiar with some of these players, but very good at coaching the young guys and getting the most out of them.
Since that appears to be the direction the team is headed in, Sandberg is the man for the job. His track record in the minors speaks for itself, earning him a much deserved opportunity to manage the team who originally drafted him, the Philadelphia Phillies.
His Phils have played to a 10-6 record since he took over as interim manager, and his concept of team unity has shown it’s face in the resiliency they’ve played with. In Sandberg’s first game back at Wrigley Field, the Phillies and Roy Halladay found themselves in a 5-0 hole. To their credit, the Phils chipped away at the lead, and eventually tied and took it back, winning the ballgame.
They have also had a number of walk off victories since Sandberg took the reigns, another sign of the heart and swagger they’ve been missing the last two seasons.
Still, they won two of four at Citi Field earlier in the week, and look to win two out of three today against the Cubs to give their new skipper a series win over the club he played almost his entire Hall of Fame career with.
In a season filled with disappointment, injury and frustration, a silver lining to take away from it is that the Phillies will be getting younger very soon, and their skipper with a Hall of Fame pedigree knows how to get them playing at their best.
Time will tell, but the future is bright for the Phillies even as the sun sets on the 2013 season.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com & Baseball-Reference.com
Photo Courtesy of BleacherReport.com