The Philadelphia Phillies have received much media attention for the past few years due to their win totals, streak of division titles and postseason success.
This season, not so much.
Dating back to spring training, the Phils have been in the news more for injuries and how many games back they are in the standings than they have for somehow staying afloat despite missing key parts of their lineup and pitching staff.
And as this season has proven thus far, a last place team with a payroll in excess of $170 million is bound to receive its share of criticism, with few members escaping blame.
However, there are certain aspects of the Phillies that the media seems to misunderstand.
Yes, the Phillies haven’t won a World Series since Ruben Amaro Jr. took over as general manager, but would they have had the success that they had following the 2008 season without his moves? Yes, Charlie Manuel has made some questionable decisions, but have you seen some of the lineups he’s had to work with this season? And yes, Ryan Howard’s contract pays him a lot of money for a player who strikes out over 150 times a season, but should he still be considered overpaid?
No one besides the front office, coaching staff and players can know for sure what goes on before and after the games, but some attempts by the media make it seem like they don’t quite have the pulse of the team.
Here are five things the media doesn’t get about the Phillies.