Thursday, September 02, 2004

See Yesterday's Post. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

At this point, as my brother told me today, I know how the Phillies' beat writers feel -- we're all running out of things to say. Writing in today's Daily News, both Sam Donnellon and Bill Conlin offer grim and seemingly accurate outlooks: With much of the roster tied up in large, long-term contracts, and with little internal help on the way, the Phils are going to look much next year as they do this year -- and as they did last year. The problem is, the sample size of games, nearly 300 over two seasons, is now plenty large enough to conclude that, Ed Wade's insistence to the contrary, what you see with this bunch is what you get. Wade's only out now is to change managers, which he will do, but I really wonder how much it will help a team that is going to finish out of first, and possibly behind the wild-card winner, by double digits.


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