There are more than a few words in the English dictionary that don't appeal to fans of the Philadelphia Phillies, but if you had to pick a single word that was venomous to the ears, how about turnover.
That's a loaded baseball word if there ever was one, but Phillies fans know all about that. After more than 10,000 losses and five straight National League East crowns, it is a word that most fans never wanted to hear again.
But as the 2012 trade deadline rolls into focus, the Phillies are ready to party like it's 1999. That's not a good thing. A 1999 Phillies party involved selling off everyone of value at the trade deadline, as the club cashed in early on yet another season.
There were more than a few years like that for Phillies fans. That's why they don't want to hear that this team could have a major turnover, or that they could rebuild, or re-tool or have a fire-sale.
Enough is enough.
So as we approach yet another uncertain deadline for the Phillies, it's about time we took stock of the future, not only after this season's deadline, but after the off-season as well.
How many members of this current Phillies club will return in 2013? Time to find out.