Phillies scapegoats: 1 to fire, 1 to put on the hot seat, 1 to be patient with

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Philadelphia Phillies fans should be patient with manager Rob Thomson

Rob Thomson doesn't go blameless here. When a team that just went to the World Series the season prior is sitting under .500 two months into the season, he deserves some blame. It's his job to get his guys to perform, and this hasn't happened yet.

While that's certainly the case, how much blame can you really place on this guy? Is it his fault that his back-end relievers have struggled? Is it his fault Kyle Schwarber isn't hitting .170? He's playing with the cards he was dealt, and I'm not sure what the solution is.

It's not like Schwarber is leading off every day. Is he supposed to move Trea Turner down? Maybe, but will that really change anything?

Thomson coming in changed everything in 2022. He played the kids more, and the team really took off immediately. If this was guaranteed to happen every season, no manager would ever last more than one year.

Thomson played a huge role in their success last season, and isn't actively losing games for the Phillies this season. Until that happens, fans should be more patient with him than they should be with Cotham and Dombrowski.

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