Tuesday, September 16, 2008
One thing that bears mentioning in this year's unceremonious firings of playoff chasing managers Willie Randolph and Ned Yost: both we're brought about by the play of the Philadelphia Phillies, as much as the lack thereof of their own respective clubs.
AP: "But the team has gone into a September slump. After being swept in four games in Philadelphia, the Brewers dropped into a tie with the Phillies for a wild-card spot in the postseason...After the weekend series with the Phillies they decided the managerial change had to be made."
Yahoo!: "Randolph’s job security had been unstable since September, when the club suffered arguably the biggest regular-season collapse in baseball history, blowing a seven-game standings lead to the Philadelphia Phillies with 17 contests remaining."
Yet for a few years now, the Phillies, to the dismay of many Fightin' fans, can't seem to figure out a way to give their own manager the boot.