As with everything else in life, the only true constant in baseball is change. And this year especially, the Phillies are going to see their share of changes.
Infielder Pete Orr and catcher Steve Lerud have been outrighted from the 40-man roster. Placido Polanco and Ty Wigginton had their club options declines; the Phillies will instead pay them buy-outs and say bye-bye. Juan Pierre is a free agent and, despite being the most dependable guy on the 2012 team, the Phillies are probably not going to resign him. In my opinion, that is just sheer stupidity. But I have no say in the matter.
The coaching roster is also a revolving door. The Phillies decided their hitting was so bad, they needed to fire Greg Gross (again) and hire two hitting coaches to replace him. Bench coach Pete Mackanin and first-base coach Sam Perlozzo were canned as well. Here is the updated coaches list:
|Manager & Coaches|
|5||Steve Henderson||Batting Coach|
|Wally Joyner||Assistant Hitting Coach|
|30||Rich Dubee||Pitching Coach|
|12||Juan Samuel||First Base Coach|
|23||Ryne Sandberg||Third Base Coach|
|54||Rod Nichols||Bullpen Coach|
|81||Jesus Tiamo||Bullpen Catcher|
|17||Mick Billmeyer||Catching Coach|
So all the Phillies need now are a couple of outfielders, a third baseman, many bullpen pieces and an anti-aging remedy. Piece of cake, no? *Sigh*
However, there is still one thing that will never change: The Phillies still want your money! Since October 16, I have received no fewer than 3 email reminders to pay my season ticket bill. And they were all to proud to announce the following: “The Phillies will feature a variable pricing model for season ticket holders in 2013 with no overall price increase compared to 2012.” I am pretty sure that with the way the team has played, not raising prices was the least they could do.
Of course what they fail to mention is that every year, you get less for your money; fewer giveaways, fewer opportunities to get special event tickets, fewer guaranteed postseason tickets (for partial plans), which are in crappy locations, bad customer service…and oh yeah, fewer wins :O(
I wonder how many fans out there will not be renewing their season tickets? Let me know what your status is in the comments section. As for me, I am a glutton for punishment, so I suppose I will renew. But I plan on waiting until the last possible second, just to make them sweat a little. Ok, I know they really do not care, but it will make me feel slightly better anyway ;o)
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Polanco photo by Jenn Zambri Photography