allentown...I have mentioned this several times recently. Count me as one who continues to believe the Phils are now at the point where the Dodgers, Astros and Yankees were 3-4 years ago in philosophy. The problem with that is that the 3 teams mentioned are not there anymore, they have advanced in 3-4 years and the Phils continue to lag behind.
Look, I am a Manuel phan and have always believed in his theories but I also wonder how this can work long term when Mallee's theories are what is being taught to the rest of the organization. I still believe that today's hitting theories are way to complicated and whatever is being taught in the Dodger, Astro and Yankees system sure is impressive. I am constantly amazed at the interchangeable parts those three teams keep throwing out there and yet the results are the same.
It can't be luck, its got to be good coaching because several of those players [especially on the Yankees] were merely average hitters elsewhere and are not hitting up a storm.
If there is one overwhelming damming indictment of the way the Phils work with young players is Hoskins. This was a guy who seemed almost the perfect hitter his rookie year...great eye, worked the count, hit to all fields, great power, high average hitter.
Now? A guy who looks confused, defeated and demoralized every time he comes up. I was thinking about this last night...I don't think I have ever felt less enthused or optimistic after a Phillie win than I did last night. It was almost as if they had lost in my mind after I saw the box score.
In my mind the Phillies are reaping what they have sowed. 15 strikeouts against non strikeout pitchers. That is 15 of 24 outs where absolutely nothing good could happen. I know this much. I always felt like it was a day at the beach for me defensively when my pitcher was striking guys out. I didn't have to move, think, react or be put in a position where any mistake I made might lead to a run for the opposition.