Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Wonder whatever happened to Chris Coste? Wonder no more:
Chris Coste has had an inkling he wanted to take over for Bucky Burgau ever since Coste played baseball for the longtime Cobbers head coach in the 1990s.
“I always joked with him that I was going to take his job one day,” Coste said on Monday in the office he shares with Burgau. “It’s something I’ve kind of had my eye on since I was 19 years old.”
Now, there is a set time when that will happen.
Burgau said he will step down as head coach after the 2014 season, clearing the way for the 40-year-old Coste to take over as the team’s head coach for the 2015 season. The move doesn’t mean Burgau, 63, is leaving. He will be an assistant coach for Coste.
“I don’t think I’d be doing this if it was anybody but Chris Coste,” Burgau said of his former player, who won a World Series title in 2008 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Paging Dr. Gillick…Dr. Gillick to the Morgue, please…
Picture this: It is November 2008. The Philadelphia Phillies (the Philadelphia Phillies!) are the toast of the town. They have silenced the Eagles chants that used to drift through the stands like beachballs on stifling late summer afternoons. They have brought to the tortured Philadelphia sports fan the championship that improbably eluded all four major sports franchises for 25 long years. Their jewel of a ballpark will be stuffed to the bleachers for the foreseeable future with sellout crowds full of casual fans, pink-hatted girls and kids wearing Hamels jerseys. They have achieved the very rare feat of stocking their beloved roster primarily with elite players that they drafted and developed themselves. They are the World Fucking Champions. They are regularly referred to as one of the juggernaut franchises of major league baseball, along with the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers. [...]
Those days, when you could bike down 10th street and hear the roar of the sellout crowd from Oregon Street an hour before the game, seem increasingly remote. In case you hadn’t noticed, the Phillies are kind of bad. And as the Phillies owners and fans ponder the seemingly shocking implosion of the team and the bleak future that awaits them over at least the next few years, they should look no further than the disastrous moment when Amaro was given total control over the decision-making following the 2008 world championship. Within four short years, Amaro took a club that was minting money, whose farm system was consistently ranked among the best in the game, and whose major league team was the undisputed king of the National East, and turned it into a hot, expensive mess that will almost certainly spend the next several years looking up at the rest of the division.
This is how it happened.
RTFA, especially if you like me enjoy rubbernecking at car crashes.
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