The trajectory of the organization would have been different, that's for sure. I cannot say for sure that it would have been better, though. Let's say that your hypothetical came to pass and the Carpenters stuck around until selling to Comcast in the mid-'90's. It's possible that the Phillies would have ended up like the Expos at the time and the Rays today--state of the art organization in terms of developing talent but unable to keep it around long enough to build a true championship nucleus (unless the stars line up just right). Pope would have been kicked upstairs, Dallas would have been kicked up to GM and the farm system people would have stayed insted of moving to Wrigley. But then once the Carpenters sold to Comcast, would we have been better off with some Comcast guy as club president instead of Montgomery or would they have ended up under the Comcast-Spectacor umbrella where they would have ened up as another of Ed Snider's neglected stepchildren like the Sixers with the Flyers always being his first love? And, ultimately, Comcast/NBC Universal would have very likely bailed out around the same time that Time-Warner/Turner (Braves), Disney (Angels), Fox (Dodgers) and Tribune Co. (Cubs) did meaning we would have ended up in the hands of some venture capitalist type who may or may not have had significant ties to Philadelphia.