• September 21, 2023

Phillies Are A Communication Mess

RoyHalladay5Let’s start off with two cups and a string. Maybe that will allow the Phillies’ brass and their players to communicate a little better.
“As long as he feels like that he’s healthy and can pitch and things [and] the doctor says he’s healthy, then we got to send him back out there,” Charlie Manuel said in his postgame press conference Sunday.
Almost instantaneously after that:
“My shoulder is bothering me,” Roy Halladay said. “Started the morning after the game I pitched against Pittsburgh. I believe it was the 24th [of April.]”
Ruben Amaro, Jr. spoke to the media as well.
“We’re likely going to have to put him on the DL,” he said.
It’s nice to know everyone is on the same page in the Phillies clubhouse. Halladay was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday afternoon with right shoulder inflammation. He clearly is not OK and will most likely never be the pitcher everyone is used to seeing.
Thus, let the blame game begin.
First, Halladay is at fault for not telling someone immediately after he noticed the sourness. Pride only takes you so far and for Doc it led to 17 earned runs in his next six innings.
Second, Rich Dubee should take a lot of the responsibility because it’s his job to notice these types of problems.  MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams was a guest of the 94 WIP Morning Show last Friday and said Halladay’s mechanics were off and it was Dubee’s fault for not fixing them.
It’s amazing how afterwards there was a deluge of defense for Dubee from Halladay and Manuel. It’s safe to say Williams, or “the mechanical wonder” as Halladay called him, was on to something.
Lastly, Manuel’s approach of “player’s manager” is finally a detriment to this team.
On the Chris Stigall show Monday morning on 1210-AM WPHT, when asked if he spoke to Halladay Sunday night Manuel said, “No, he was real busy. He was on the plane. I didn’t see him, I mean I saw him walk by me, but he went in the back there.
“When Ruben and I talked and I found out exactly what was going on, I kind of looked back and it looked like he was asleep and I didn’t want to bother him.”
It’s Manuel’s job to find out what is going on with one of his top pitchers. This is a dire situation his ball club and that is a weak approach to managing this injury.
Thus, it’s time for the Phillies to make changes and yes, notice the plurality in that word.
Three people need to go:
Rich Dubee needs the boot because he either had a lack of awareness towards Halladay’s inflammation or his arrogance towards the fans, media and maybe even his own team with not divulging injury information has backfired tremendously.
Charlie Manuel has to go because his style of managing isn’t working anymore. It’s showing on the field with his team’s poor hitting and in the clubhouse with the lack of communication.
Last but not least, Ruben Amaro, Jr. has done an awful job putting this squad together over the past two seasons. He has been riding coattails of Pat Gillick’s moves for too long and that will not work anymore.
At 14-18 heading into Monday night’s game, this team needs a change of culture. Forget the fact that it’s early. It will get worse. Their bats are not good enough anymore to glide them through the season.
Remember – two cups and string is a very easy way to get communication flowing. The Phillies need to start doing that now with the fans and their inner circle.
Dave Uram is a producer and remote engineer at SportsRadio 94 WIP in Philadelphia. He is also a news anchor and sports broadcaster at 1490-AM WBCB in Levittown, Pa. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveUram88.

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May 7, 2013 6:19 am

Has been since Booben took over. # ears in a row with Utley, now 2 straight yeas with Doc. Bunch of liars, enablers, & inept buffoons! This oanization is an embarrassment & disgrace!

May 7, 2013 6:19 am
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May 7, 2013 6:20 am
Reply to  DCar

**Has been since Booben took over. 3 years in a row with Utley, now 2 straight yeas with Doc. Bunch of liars, enablers, & inept buffoons! This organization is an embarrassment & disgrace!**
Sorry! XD

May 7, 2013 10:23 am

Charlie Goes First, because HIring a new Manager is the easiest Fix with
Ryne Sandberg waiting in the wings.. Then after this Season, Sandberg can assemble his own staff from PItching/Batting/Base Coaches to Bullpen Coaches .. Meanwhile Amario is signed thru 2015 and very unlikely he is going anywhere soon based on the History of Phil’s Ownership that is not going to “Buyout Contracts” of it’s Players,Coaches & Front Office Personnel or at least has not done so in the past..

May 7, 2013 11:32 am

I could see the Phils giving Manual until around the trade deadline and if we arent in the hunt then they would give the keys to Sandberg and then trade utley, m young, and have several AAA guys come up to play everyday like Asche, C. Hernandez, Jermain Mitchel or D. Ruff. To go with several pitchers…

May 7, 2013 11:48 am
Reply to  mhenski

Exactly, a lot will depend how many the Teams the Phils will have to to leap-frog just for the Wild-Card Berth (right now there are 6 Teams ahead of them for the Wildcard Spots with only 4 Games seperating the 1st to the 7th Place Team outside the 3 Division Leaders)
If Phils are 7-8 Teams back by Late June/July then it’s time to be a Seller and prepare for the Future
as they should do.. An

May 7, 2013 1:02 pm

the phillies are in bean counting mode —
changing Manuel, Dubee, &/or Amaro will not add revenue just decrease profits more —
the current spin is Halladay was hurt the last 2 starts and didn’t tell anyone. LOL he stunk since the first preseason pitch and lucked his way to 2 wins. Everyone in the Phillies building knew Halladay was at best pitching 5th starter type innings. The entire long relief knew they were going to get work from the 1st Halladay pitch this year. What a sham — this current Halladay didn’t tell them he was hurt story is.

May 7, 2013 1:37 pm

they arent in bean counting mode. they are in the field the possible team right now mode as they have a HUGE TV deal negotiations coming up and cant afford to just tank.

May 8, 2013 7:17 am

First, fire Amaro……a new GM must approve Sandberg as the manager….

Find a creative young GM who can flip the veterans on this roster for young talent….after the trade deadline, fire Charlie and let Sandberg see what he has on the team for 2014