The moment that Phillies general manager Matt Klentak told Pete Mackanin that he wanted a new manager next season, the expectations for the Phillies ratcheted up dramatically.
Andy MacPhail’s day planner for Wednesday, June 21, was almost completely blocked out by two notations. There was a game against the Cardinals that night at Citizens Bank Park. First, though, the Phillies president would meet with the team’s ownership group.
Larry Bowa is staying with the Phillies. A source confirmed on Monday that the Phillies have asked Bowa to remain in the organization, although he is unlikely to return as a member of the coaching staff.
The Phillies’ bright future didn’t look so bright at the All-Star break. But enough of their young players and prospects showed promise in the second half that it’s not crazy to think that, with a good offseason, the Phillies could legitimately be a .500 team next season.
The Phillies presented longtime employee Chris Pohl with its 2017 Richie Ashburn Achievement Award.
Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn’t work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.
The Citizens Bank Park faithful lobbed more than their fair share of standing ovations upon worthy subjects in 2017, an odd thought as the Phillies occupied the lower reaches of the standings for the entirety of the season.
Larry Bowa has put his fate into the hands of the Phillies front office.
Mets manager Terry Collins and Phillies manager Pete Mackanin exchanged lineup cards at home plate for the final time Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
Mets third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera had a big Saturday night in the penultimate game of the 2017 season.</p>
The sixth inning of Saturday’s extra-inning contest against the Mets was likely the last we’ll see of Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro in 2017, after the backstop took a heavy shot to the head in a collision at home plate.