Ryne Sandberg Says Phillies Had a Lack of Leadership in 2014
So Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg thinks things need to be different inside the Phillies clubhouse.
The Phillies finished last in the National League East with a 73-89 record last season.
"I didn't think we had a good clubhouse last year," Sandberg said at a banquet in Lakewood. "I don't think it was conducive to winning."
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Not much has changed inside the Phillies clubhouse this season, most of the same faces are back. The only exceptions - Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd, A.J. Burnett, Kyle Kendrick and Antoinio Bastardo.
"As far as being the type of player I want them to be on and off the field and representing the Phillies, it could have been better," Sandberg said. "It was an atmosphere where maybe some of the younger players couldn't be themselves. It was a hard thing to put my finger on as we were going along. I sensed the younger players couldn't be themselves. I would say just a lack of leadership as far as winning the baseball game every day."
Lack of leadership?
From a team with Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz -all members of the 2008 World Series team.
"I'm looking forward to younger players and younger energy," Sandberg stated. "Players that want to prove themselves. I think it's more about keeping everybody thinking the same way and tugging on the same rope."
Makes you wonder if the manager and Hall of Fame player is taking a shot on Rollins.
Sandberg's first full year as manager got off to a rocky start right from the start at spring training, he benched Rollins for three games and praised the play of Freddy Galvis.
“Freddy’s a guy that will get playing time at various positions," Sandberg said back in March in Clearwater. "He’s a guy that I like in the lineup. I feel good about what he brings to the table. The biggest thing I like is his energy and positive influence. His positive influence on everybody that’s around him.”
Galvis will be given the first opportunity to replace Rollins at shortstop this season, but hasn't done much offensively with the few opportunities he has been given.
Many of the older vets are still here, Utley, Howard, Hamels, Ruiz - is that much going to change? Or should we believe that Rollins was the root of the problems?
Or maybe it's just Sandberg.