So as it comes to a point with all the rumors, details, teams and drama involved this offseason for the Phillies… let’s take a look at the broad spectrum end result.
Philadelphia Loses (From start of 2009 season):
Philadelphia Flips (I guess the housing market can’t hold the monopoly on this term forever.):
When I look at those changes to the Phillies organization, I wonder… should Drabek have gone midseason to aquire Halladay in time to make an impact in 2009? Does trading the prospects of Marson, Carrasco, Donald and Knapp equate to what Lee accomplished for the Phillies and the prospects he, in turn, provided to the team for 2010? It could be as obvious as wanting to keep Happ or hanging onto Taylor yet it seems it became so over-complicated that the average baseball fan has to sit back and just say, “WOW!” in the manner that a NASCAR fan reacts to a pileup on the final lap at Daytona.
What really shocks me is the way Michael Taylor is being bounced by Toronto. Taylor provided the Ironpig fans with the first cycle in Ironpig’s history as well as excelled in many aspects of the game. Speaking to someone this afternoon, who worked closely with Taylor in the past, has given me the impression he understood the importance of the fan and was outgoing in his willingness to assist in charity and media related events.
Good luck and best wishes to you, Michael Taylor. I hope Oakland treats you well.
So to look at the trade now we can say, “FOOLS!” or we can say, “BRILLIANT!” but we all have to wait a few years to see results. Player development cycles, injuries, emotional issues (yes, this is now a valid reason for the Disabled List) and outright performance will, in time, reveal to us how this trade will be viewed by baseball historians.
All time best or All time bust? We’ll see…
On a side note, the Ironpigs have announced that the entire coaching staff will return in 2009. The Noise Nation is glad to see Huppert, Gross and Nichols hanging around a little longer.