No one is going to wave a white flag, but it would be appropriate.
The Phillies’ 2007 season should begin tonight against the Pirates. This season is over as far as contending for a playoff spot. The balance of the year should be devoted to developing a plan for the future including shedding dead wood, acquiring new talent and providing opportunities for the core of this team to continue developing.
Forget salving the egos of some veteran players. Don’t worry about who isn’t receiving sufficient playing time. Get rid of malcontents. Trim salaries. Run controlled experiments instead of throwing un- or ill-prepared youngsters to the wolves. Let Utley, Howard, Rollins, Hamels et al know that the organization is finally serious about the future. Are you listening, Mr. Gillick? That means no more Ryan Franklins, Arthur Rhodes and the like. Stop wasting time and money on such filler. Admit that the waters around you have grown.
Above all, restock the farm system. That means trading veterans for prospects, not other veterans. We don’t need no more stinkin’ veterans. Utley and Rollins will suffice on that front. Heck, a year and a half with the Phillies must feel like ten years to Utley.
And whatever else they do, the Phillies’ alleged brain trust should not fail to include the manager and coaches when the house-cleaning gets underway in earnest.