After the Eagles' season ends in heartbreak, the scoopless Philadelphia writers (empty press box pictured) flock to the Phillies' annual media hoo-ha to discuss the upcoming season. Here are some coverage highlights, from various sources.
Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan discussed the club's new "high-motor" dynamic and pointed toward the team’s 36-23 record without Bobby Abreu and others (vastly improved starting pitching, better defense, hot streaks from unlikely sources, weaker opponents and favorable pitching match-ups not considered). Adam Eaton still feels stiffness in his finger during cold weather, but otherwise feels fine. Six starters is Charlie Manuel's concern, according to Pat Gillick's interview with Comcast. Fabio Castro has a very good shot at the bullpen, assistant GM Mike Arbuckle told Marcus Hayes of the Daily News. In that same space, Chris Coste used air quotes when he uttered the phrase "lack of experience."