The Athletic: Ken Rosenthal“How angry will Phillies owner John Middleton be if the team misses the postseason after spending $572 million on free agents the past two offseasons?
“Angry enough to order the dismissal of manager Gabe Kapler, who has another year left on his contract, when Maddon et al. might be available? Perhaps.
“Angry enough to also dismiss GM Matt Klentak, whose contract Middleton extended prior to the season through 2022? Probably not.”
This is going to make a ton of Phillies fans happy. Gabe rubbed a lot of people the wrong way from day one and it’s only a matter of time before he’s gone. Bob Nightnale stated a few weeks back that the belief was Gabe would be safe no matter what happened. It’s refreshing to hear that that might not be the case.
This Phillies team is on pace to come close setting the franchise record for home runs as a team in a season. And yet they find themselves on the outside looking in. Also their team ERA is better than the 07 squad’s that made that wild September run. Is the roster 100% complete to be considered a World Series contender? Definitely not but this should be a playoff team. That glaring failure falls on the manager this year. No he can’t bat, no he can’t pitch and yes the players need to make plays. But to say he hasn’t directly costed this team wins over the past two years would be ignorance.
If nothing else, John Middleton hinting at his anger is good for the fans. They have turned on Gabe and Klentak. Both have come up short, the manager more, in my humble opinion, than the GM. And Dallas Keuchel’s latest comments didn’t help the Klentak but he wasn’t wrong.
There is still some time. Phillies sit at 2 games out of the wildcard and if I would have told you that Aaron Nola in September was going to be a problem, you wouldn’t have believed me. We’ll see what happens but it’s good to hear the owner finally getting emotional invested.