Gardner: Its A No Win Situation For Mackanin
Heading into action on Thursday, the Phillies record stands at 25-51 and the season looks like it will continue to be a struggle for them with a lack of talent on the big league roster. There are many fans who want things to change but the Rebuild is in full effect for the team that plays at Citizens Bank Park. Some have suggested the Philles bring up most of their top prospects and let them learn on the job while others have suggested that the problem is Manager Pete Mackanin and Pitching Coach Bob McClure; either way it will take time for this franchise to turn things around.
USA Today Baseball Writer Steve Gardner joined Rich Quinones on Wednesday with his insights on the 2017 Philadelphia Phillies:
"It's a no win situation for Mackanin; You get the roster that he has and some of the guys that have been there haven’t produced. Hererra was supposed to be the guy they were building the team around and hes had a horrible year. Franco has had a horrible year. Hows anybody going to be an all star on this team?...Their talent level is definitely low and they’re a team that I think has to bottom out....This is a team I think you have to blow it up but its not getting better any time soon, its going to be a couple more years before the youngsters, the Hoskins, the JP Crawford’s who hasn’t taken a step forward....Those guys have to get a chance to grow, to mature and be major league baseball players. They’re not there yet. You’re just going to have to slog through for the next couple of years and hope there's a light at the end of the tunnel."
Hear what Gardner had to say about Pete Mackanin's future as Phillies Manager, the spike of Home Runs hit so far this season compared to years past, along with who he thinks is the best team in Major League Baseball