The Philadelphia Phillies have shown some late life this season, sweeping the Nationals before earning a pair of wins against the Braves in recent days. They are, however, still last place in the NL East.
Even though it has been a trying season for the Phils, the team plans on bringing back both their manager and GM, Ryne Sandberg and Ruben Amaro, Jr.
Interim CEO Pat Gillick confirmed the news on Tuesday to CSN Philly:
"Q. Ruben said emphatically in New York that he was the GM and Ryne Sandberg is the manager and that wasn’t changing. Can you say declaratively that Ruben will be the GM and Ryne will be the manager?
Gillick: Absolutely. Absolutely.
Q. Why is that? Fans are very frustrated with the team and the general manager.
Gillick: Well, let me say this, one of the more difficult things to do in professional sports, and not only baseball but all sports, is to be patient. It’s very difficult. It’s very difficult for the fans to be patient, it’s difficult for the media to be patient, it’s difficult for ownership to be patient. But sometimes when you get challenges -- and the challenges are we haven’t played well in the last two or three years -- these are basically the same people that made the decisions when we won five division championships from 2007 through 2011. These are the same people making the decisions.
Ryne wasn’t here, but Ruben was here. All of a sudden, he didn’t get dumb overnight. It’s just right now, we’re in a situation where we know where we’re headed and it’s going to take some time to get us where we want to go."
There you go. That may make some Phillies fans angry, as the team hasn't had a winning season since 2011. Perhaps they can get things turned around next year.