Why aren’t Phillies fans trusting the process this summer?
Owners of the worst record in baseball, the projected trend of the Philadelphia Phillies is on a complete nosedive.
More than 20 games out of the division and the only team with fewer than 30 wins, baseball in Philadelphia has certainly seen its better days.
General Manager Matt Klentak, who’s preached patience from day one, spoke out regarding his team on 97.5 The Fanatic and invoked a word engrained in the culture of Philadelphia sports.
"It’s a process, and I use that word in quotation marks, because I understand the what the [word] process means in this town. But it does take time, we’re doing what we need to do to get it done the right way. Thre are models to follow in our industry that it works and we’re living through it. I know the guys are fighting their asses off and we’re trying to put the best product on the field that we can."
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Any ode to Sam Hinkie is greatly appreciated, especially from a general manager who works across the street.
Baseball and basketball are obviously two completely different sports and the process behind how a team rebuilds is a different universe. Basketball sees nearly instant gratification out of prospects while baseball has the arduous road winding through the minor leagues.
Klentak made several interesting points during the 25-minute interview, including how Philadelphia is following the lead of Houston, Washington, and Chicago by going through a total rebuild. It’s something he’s addressed in prior interviews, but it appears to be his number one talking point considering those three teams are the best in baseball.
Klentak also praised prospects Scott Kingery and Rhys Hoskins, both of whom have caught the eyes of fans. Klentak believes Tommy Joseph is holding his own at first, thus blocking Hoskins from making the jump from Lehigh Valley. Kingery, on the other hand, needs more plate appearances at Lehigh Valley, though Klentak said starting the major league service time clock is not an issue with Kingery.