The Phillies yesterday made some changes that had curious timing. A few days after the team was forced to demote their former top prospect because of his struggles, the Phillies dismissed their two assistant general managers and their director of player development.
It’s not really all that surprising, but it does show that perhaps the evaluation period of Dave Dombrowski’s tenure is now over and he is ready to move. The trade that he made for Kyle Gibson was made because any team that is close to the playoffs can make a trade. That doesn’t really signify an organizational shift in philosophy. Moving on from three of your top decision makers and what they bring to the table is significant.
It sets the tone for what looks like a shift in philosophy in the entire organization. We aren’t quite sure yet what Dombrowski will be looking for in player development until we get a full scope of his hires, but at least we can be assured that he knows there is an issue and is moving to address it.
On to the links.
- There will be some promotions including Dana Parks, who in the interim at least, will be the highest ranking woman in the organization.
- Freddy Galvis and Sam Coonrod have been activated from the injured list. Galvis will play everywhere.
- Some random thoughts about the Phillies from the Athletic ($).
- These next ten days are the part where the Phillies have to make up some ground in the playoff race if they want to remain in it.
- Yadier Molina has agreed to a one-year extension with the Cardinals.
- I’ve never heard this story before: a guy got struck by lightning, then finished the game.
- Caleb Smith, he of the vehement denial, has been suspended for ten games for having a foreign substance on his glove.