Once considered indispensable parts of their master plan, the Phillies said goodbye to Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell and haven’t regretted it.
A good rule of thumb over the years has been to rely on old standbys Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell in lean times in order to spark a good debate. A wise man once said if I ever developed writer’s block, just post the names "Abreu" or "Burrell" in the subject field and allow the readers to unleash the hounds of hell.
Rather than mail it in, let’s give these once popular jerseys a proper context: In light of their championship rings and soon-to-be third division title, Abreu and Burrell haven’t been missed. Since 2006, their record has gotten progressively better. They sent their entire outfield to the All-Star game this season. The role of right-handed thunder has been adequately filled by Jayson Werth, and the void in left has been manned capably by Raul Ibanez.
The Phillies wish they could say the decisions to cut ties with Abreu and Burrell proved difficult, but we know better. The Phils actually kicked in Cory Lidle to sweeten the Abreu salary dump deal and accepted a grab-bag of worthless prospects from the Yankees. Popular wisdom says the easy-going Abreu was something of a "cooler" on an underachieving team. I continue to wonder if David Bell wasn’t the one having that effect.
As for Burrell, there was never a doubt he was riding off into sunset on those Clydesdales.
Domino leaves R-Phils, IronPigs: (From a news release) Chuck Domino, long-time General Manager and President of the Reading Phillies and Lehigh Valley IronPigs, has relinquished his current positions, effective immediately. This move will pave the way for him to become the Chief Executive Manager, through a management agreement between Domino Consulting and the ownership group of the Connecticut Defenders, who will be relocated to Richmond, Virginia for the 2010 Eastern League season. Domino started as general manager with the club in 1987. Beerleaguer: When history looks back, Domino will be seen as one of the execs who reshaped minor league baseball into what it is today.