The Verdict – Phillies
While there has been no grumblings around Philadelphia that Sandberg could be on the way out, it is painfully obvious that it just isn’t the right situation for him there. A man with his own fire and drive, he’s just had too much difficulty finding a balance between being a teacher and being a boss, and the Phillies have been hurt by it. A change is definitely needed here.
That said, the Phillies organization has a history of loyalty to managers and executives over the years, and given his long tenure in Minnesota, that is exactly what Gardenhire would prize over any other opportunity. Additionally, if the Phillies are somehow able to clear up funds, this is an organization that is willing to spend in order to improve the on-field product. That’s a big “if” but at least it is present.
As mentioned before, Gardenhire has proven himself as a good teacher and leader with young ballclubs and could help usher in the next wave for Philadelphia. It may take a few years of commitment to see it through, but Ron Gardenhire isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. He has the pedigree and the Phillies are the perfect opportunity to exercise it.
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