Phillies leaders have World Series championship pedigree.
The Phillies have the right people for the job with manager Joe Girardi and President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski.
Entering the 2020 offseason, many fans were uncertain about the direction of the franchise. With J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius on the market, and glaring holes at the backend of the rotation and within the bullpen, many rumors seemed to indicate the Phillies were not going to afford anyone in free agency.
Enter Dombrowski. Taking over the team’s front office, Dombrowski swiftly added multiple, reliable, veteran arm-talents for the bullpen, as well as two stable rotation candidates in Matt Moore and Chase Anderson, all the while retaining both J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius. Dombrowski also inked a few bench options who could prove to be valuable, including Matt Joyce, Brad Miller, and trading for C.J. Chatham. With an already budding rotation and a significantly increased bullpen, there is no reason why this team shouldn’t be playing in October and beyond.
Dombrowski is not afraid to make a move that takes his team over the top. In 2011, he traded for Doug Fister the day before the deadline. In 2014, Dombrowski acquired David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 31. Most recently, in 2018, he traded for Nathan Eovaldi right before the deadline, a move that propelled the Red Sox to a World Series championship.
Girardi, an experienced manager, should also get the chance to show his managerial skills in 2021. It’s tough to do so when you have the league’s worst bullpen and a weak bench as he did last year. Now, with a practically brand new bullpen, and what looks to be a stronger bench, he should be able to win a lot more games come 2021.
As of September 12 of last season, the Phillies blew leads in an absurd 65 percent of their losses. Let’s not forget; the only team in the National League who got out to more leads than the Phillies in 2020 were the Los Angeles Dodgers — the eventual champions.