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Phillies attempt to solve lack of winning with new clubhouse signs

Mar 28, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

Ruben Amaro, Jr Ryne Sandberg

That the Phillies won only 73 games last year and portend to be just as bad, if not worse, in 2014 might prompt some to suggest that they have a talent problem. Not so, if the Phillies’ new clubhouse signs are to be believed. All the Phillies need to do to get back to their successful ways is to respect the game, be the “ultimate teammate”, and play the game the right way.

Via MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki:

Given the recent drama involving Jimmy Rollins, it wouldn’t be surprising if this was an indirect swipe at the shortstop. It isn’t shocking, though, that the Phillies think that a key to returning to their glory days is to rediscover the intangibles. After all, they had to be held more or less at gunpoint to create an analytics department — becoming one of the last teams to do so.

Even if every single Phillie does start to respect the game (they didn’t before?), becomes the ultimate teammate (what does this mean?), and plays the game the right way (right, Jimmy?), they’re still likely to rank among the bottom-third in baseball, wins-wise. No amount of intangibles will turn that old, injury-prone, expensive roster into a championship contender.

  1. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    How about, “Stay Off the DL”?

    Phillies Place Cole Hamels and Five Others on the DL

    And one feels there are more to come… or go…

    • djpostl - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      Remember when Cliff Lee chose the Phils New York in large part because they were in a “younger team” and would be able to “stay more competitive over the next several years” lol?

      Yankees have some issues but even in a deeper division they’ll hang around a lot longer than the Phillies will.

      • biasedhomer - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        Yankees are going nowhere this season.

      • djpostl - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:54 AM

        Uh huh.

        While there is a strong chance you’re wrong on that if you make it “Phillies are going nowhere this season” there is a 100% chance of being correct, only reinforcing what I said.

  2. sportsfan18 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Sandberg, sadly will be judged as a manager by this lousy team…

    He waited a long time to get a managing gig in the big leagues (he managed many yrs in the minor leagues to pay his dues, plus was a bench coach and a base coach in the bigs too)…

    He coached A ball, then AA ball and finally a Triple A team in the minor leagues.

    And his reward is an older team badly in need of rebuilding.

    The Phillies will be bad for yrs…

    • dinofrank60 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Maybe or maybe not. But sometimes you have to take a chance and with the seeming way he was passed over for jobs, he couldn’t be choosey.

    • paperlions - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      He interviewed for other jobs and didn’t get them and was not even considered for many others. If I had to guess, his philosophy fits in better with the Phillies than will other teams. He hasn’t given me the impression that he’s learned anything about baseball since he played, and most front offices want guys that are willing to learn every year and to adapt their managerial style as new information is available and presented to them.

      FWIW, he spend far fewer years in the minors than most MLB coaches or managers have historically. While true that it isn’t common for HOF players to have to do so, compared to many other managers, he wasn’t in the minors very long.

  3. jrbdmb - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Other signs soon to be placed in the locker room: “Please Do Not Leave Your Walker in the Aisle Where Others Can Trip On It”, “Please See the Clubhouse Attendant If the Depends Dispenser Is Empty”, “General Manager Position Available – Serious Inquiries Only”.

  4. schmedley69 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Sandberg is trying to put his stamp on the team. What’s the harm in that? With all of the negativity about the Phillies on this site, it’s no surprise that this was completely ignored:

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20140328_Two_scouts_say_Phils_could_contend.html

    ….
    Scout 2 said he was impressed with the serious manner in which the Phillies approached their work under the guidance of Ryne Sandberg, set to begin his first full season as manager.

    “I like the way they go out there and do their business, and they are not laying down,” Scout 2 said. “It is a focused group.”
    ….

    Sandberg is trying to get the most out of his team, which more than likely won’t be enough for the Phillies to make the playoffs, but there is no harm in trying.

    Some of this negativity is way over the top. I saw Craig’s NL East preview where he called the Phillies Spring Training “Disastrous,” while predicting that his Braves would fight it out for the division title with the Nats. In by book, the Braves losing their top 2 starters to Tommy John surgery was a lot more disastrous than anything that happened with the Phillies. The Braves are a lot more likely to be fighting it out with the Phillies, Mets and Marlins in the also-ran column than they are with the Nats for the division title.

    • NatsLady - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      The Phillies have gotten shut out in their last three games. I know, I know, spring training means NOTHING, but it’s two days from Opening Day.. OK, so they got shut out by Verlander, but who the heck are the other guys, Tony Watson and Drew Hutchinson? A run, my kingdom for a run.

      • schmedley69 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        Doug Fister went on the DL today, NatsLady. Maybe the Nats need a “Stay Off the DL” sign too?

  5. renaado - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    I’m not even a Phillies fan but I’m all for the “Respect the Game and Play the Game the Right way” statement.

  6. moogro - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    This post felt like a tearing of the flesh, but real.

  7. ningenito78 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    What the hell are you talking about?

    • moogro - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      sarkazein

  8. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Hopefully, for their sake, they didn’t just grab some leftover signs from the 76ers locker room from across the street.

  9. Gordon - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    “Buy high, sell low!”

  10. drs76109 - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    No where near as effective as Dallas Green’s ONE sign in 1980: We, not I.

  11. historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Did they get those signs out of the Braves’ and Cardinals’ recycle bins? Sheesh. I was hoping for something a little more “Philly” — or funny. How about:

    Your Mom Does Not Work Here, You’re Gonna Have To Leg It Out Yourself

    Failure To Hustle, That’s A Paddlin’

    Fighdollas Offa Breffist For Any Athalete Makes It Past 2B

    If You Can Read This, You’re Closer To The Battrees

    • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      Basement Has No Jail. BEHAVE

    • cur'68 - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      This made me laugh. Thank you.

  12. zemongoose - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    For a second, I thought Ruben was bringing in DeSean Jackson to teach them Crip signs.

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