There's no chance I'm spending more than five minutes in front of my computer this afternoon. If I were to write, today's topic would be Pat Gillick and his indefensible excuse for a Major League bench.
Two straight seasons of substandard production, with few roadblocks or excuses as there may have been with other areas. It's a pretty straightforward process. Find players who are good enough to face Major League pitching, but poor enough not to hold regular jobs. There are plenty. In evaluating the job Gillick has done to improve the Phillies, look no further than the bench, where Abraham Nunez, Alex Gonzalez, Rod Barajas, Jayson Werth, Sal Fasano, Greg Dobbs and a cast of others sum it up beautifully. Has there been a worse GM in baseball the past two seasons? Positively not.
Game Chat: Phillies @ Reds tonight at 7:10 EST. If you must watch, mash your fists against the keyboard here, in the company of others.