andyb...I will tell you where they are. They are on that horrible highway that connects Lehigh Valley to Philadelphia and back. I can only imagine the mental shattered dreams that are lying somewhere on that highway. I find it absolutely disgusting what the Phillies have done to the slew of youngsters....let me count the guys, Ramos, Rios, Davis, Garcia, Arano, Suarez, DelosSantos and my favorite, Irvin.
I refuse to believe that all of these youngsters, some of whom were highly touted, are that bad, just don't believe it. I mean, how would you feel if you just started a job and were constantly being told to "go home for a few days to work on your job skills. But don't worry, we will bring you back at some point." You would likely become a complete mental case, wondering if the next misplaced fastball was going to land you in the minors.
I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. Someday one of these pitchers is going to speak out about how mentally and physically abused they have been. My druthers...pick a doggone bullpen and tell them you are going to sink or swim with them and stop worrying that the next bad outing will get you exiled back to Lehigh Valley purgatory.
I find it so ironic. Gene Mauch was severely criticized for his handling of a pitching staff yet it was Mauch who developed Art Mahaffey, Chris Short, Dennis Bennett, Ray Culp, Dallas Green, Jack Baldschun, Gary Wagner and revitalized Cal Mclish, Ed Roebuck, Johnny Klippstein and made a Hall of Famer out of Jim Bunning. Everyone of those youngsters struggled when they first came up, especially Bennett and Short. But Mauch stayed with them and they eventually got it turned around because they had talent.
I am tired of reading about how the Phils love the stuff of Ramos and DelosSantos. If the stuff is so good, my gosh, let them breathe for a bit and get their feet wet.
I think Kapler is an unmitigated disaster and the sooner they get a real major league manager the sooner this team will begin playing to their potential.