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Sandberg says healthy lineup, and Howard, key to success

Sandberg: Lean: Phillies, Motivation and the Will to Lead.

Where some see an old, complacent lineup in decline, he sees an experienced group that needs to stay healthy in order to put its best bat forward.

“I think motivation is part of the game,” Sandberg said. “I think you can get the players to get (the others) on board to motivate themselves.

“But I also look at our team as an experienced team. Some guys are still capable of putting together good years, and with the balance that we have in the lineup … we have some guys that could really have some good years.”

Sandberg tried to stay away from putting too much focus on one man (“When you’re looking at an offensive team, it’s about a lineup. It’s not about one or two guys,” he said), but it is tough to imagine the Phillies having an offense that must be taken seriously without a healthy and effective Ryan Howard.

...As for where Howard will be in the lineup, Sandberg believes he’ll be at cleanup — although Sandberg did show during his interim stint last season that he is not reluctant to shuffle his hitters around.

“I see him right in the middle of the lineup, but I don’t think anything has to be set with anybody,” he said. “Lots of times the hitters determine where they hit as we go along. But to have Ryan healthy and swinging the bat well and batting fourth all year, that would be ideal.”

Repoz Posted: December 11, 2013 at 05:08 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Textbook Editor Posted: December 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM (#4615788)
I can see a situation where Sandberg's given a lot of rope by ownership, but I can also see a situation where they have 30 wins on July 4th, the fan base is down to 18,000 a game, and a move gets made to placate the fanbase.

Sandberg's been dealt a pretty harsh hand here, and even a genius manager might not be able to stave off 90 losses... And that might be the upside. Flags fly forever, yes, but man they're going to wind up having spend a hell of a lot of money in pursuit of a 2nd flag that doesn't look likely for another generation.
   2. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: December 11, 2013 at 10:42 AM (#4615803)
I think even ownership has to realize how tired the "if" line is. It's now going on three off-seasons where we hear this refrain about Howard, Utley, experience, blah blah blah. This season is really setting up as a disaster unless Brown proves he is for real and either Franco or Ruf turn into a legit power bat. Rotation could be legitimately horrible past Lee and Hamels and that is supposed to be the strength of the team.
   3. Textbook Editor Posted: December 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM (#4615823)
unless Brown proves he is for real

Of course, Brown might not even play for them this year...

It certainly has gone pear-shaped for the Phillies.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM (#4615828)
Man, what a trainwreck. They're in $100M to 5 players, 2 of whom are replacement level, and 1 is a RP. For '15, they're still in $85M to Lee, Hamels, Howard, and Papelbon.
   5. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM (#4615835)
   6. Roger Cedeno's Spleen Posted: December 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM (#4615862)
I imagine Sandberg's interview for that job looked something like this...
   7. BDC Posted: December 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM (#4615864)
Handsomeness is the key to success. Time for a makeover, Ryno.
   8. Bob Tufts Posted: December 11, 2013 at 01:23 PM (#4615918)
The billionaire owners signed and kept the millionaire players - and fired people that made peanuts - like minor league pitching coordinator Gorman Heimueller (now in San Diego) - and didn't allow my daughter to continue working there. But she leaves Philly and comes to NYC to work for Jay Horwitz and the Mets so it is a positive career move.

Yes, going to the Mets vs. being with the Phils is an improvement.....
   9. dlf Posted: December 11, 2013 at 01:26 PM (#4615923)
But she leaves Philly and comes to NYC to work for ... the Mets so it is a positive career move.

Interesting definition of positive, Bob.
   10. Hank G. Posted: December 11, 2013 at 01:58 PM (#4615962)
Sandberg says healthy lineup, and Howard, key to success

In other words, “We’re screwed.”
   11. ColonelTom Posted: December 11, 2013 at 03:08 PM (#4616050)
For '15, they're still in $85M to Lee, Hamels, Howard, and Papelbon.

And another $37.5M to Utley ($10M), Ruiz ($8.5M), Rollins ($11M), and Byrd ($8M). If J-Roll's 2015 option doesn't vest (which it probably will), they still owe him a minimum of $5M on a 2016 player option.
   12. Baldrick Posted: December 11, 2013 at 03:12 PM (#4616052)
So, what are your keys to success? Oh, player health, player quality, and scoring more runs than the opposing team.
   13. ColonelTom Posted: December 11, 2013 at 03:15 PM (#4616055)
Surprise and fear, and ruthless efficiency. And don't forget the nice red uniforms!
   14. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 11, 2013 at 04:12 PM (#4616121)
ColonelTom, you forgot about "an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope."
   15. John Northey Posted: December 11, 2013 at 05:39 PM (#4616214)
Well, the Mets seem to have accepted they aren't contending and have begun to rebuild I think, but the Phillies seem to think they are going to win it all again. So the Phillies are behind the Mets unless a miracle occurs. Glad not to be a fan of either, but still frustrated as I'm a Jays fan :P
   16. Textbook Editor Posted: December 11, 2013 at 11:39 PM (#4616398)
This quote tells you all you need to know about Amaro and his values:

Beyond Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, the Phillies' rotation is Kyle Kendrick, Jonathan Pettibone and Miguel Gonzalez. Amaro said Kendrick's price through arbitration would not be affected by recent contracts signed by players before free agency began. He is expected to earn nearly $7 million next season.

"It's amazing," Amaro said. "We talked about it this morning. He has 64 wins. Do you know how many wins Garza has? Sixty-seven."

Amaro added: "He's benefited from some run support and defense. But wins are wins."

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