No, their big problem is that ownership likes the 'modern' but only trusts the grey-haired executives, so we are in never-never land. The team has no coherent philosophy. It gave way too much sway to a very inexperienced analytics department and didn't allow their bright young manager to just do his job. They hire young GMs, but don't trust them. Only the grey-haired 'didn't you used to be?' They change their approach to hitting and pitching. They make changes in instructional staffs in slow waves, after much deliberation, rather than decisively so that they never have continuity across scouting/development/all levels. They are nostalgic for the past success of fading players. They also allow new GMs and managers to bring in favored, over-the-hill players. Who in their right mind decides that the way to go, when you already have a couple players who should be DHs and a long-term contract to Harper who will end his career as a DH, that the way to improve is to go all-out on budget to buy two more not-young sluggers who should play DH. A slow team of 4 DHs is missing big parts of the game. This year's team is an improvement over last year's, which was an improvement over the 2020 team, but it is unbalanced. We started the season a SP short, resulting in guys hitting a wall because they've already pitched too many innings. We lack speed. We lack defense. We lack young players who look like they will be better-than-average major leaguers. If we don't end this season successfully, it is likely DD built more of an albatross than a path forward this past off-season. The bottom line, as always: if you can't develop above-average, home-grown players in reasonable quantity, you won't succeed.
The Phillies definitely were willing to win. They tanked several seasons, ultimately getting the #1 pick. We had easily our share of top of draft picks. It was unlucky that the pickings were so slim the year we had the #1 pick. Prior to last season, it was a very long time since the Phillies had a winning record. Being willing to lose wasn't the problem.