Proving the old adage that firing one manager is easier than firing 25 players, Charlie Manuel was forced to walk the plank late last week.
Typically savvy move by the Phillies front office, thinking that the news of Manuel's firing would be buried by a slow news cycle on an August Friday afternoon. Wrong again: it wasn't.
A quick look at the Phillies' schedule shows that they have almost nothing to play for.
They have 20 divisional games left; the Atlanta Braves have rendered all of them meaningless. And if you are the sort who is yearning to watch the Phillies and San Diego Padres slug it out in September, you're in luck because good seats are still available, cheap.
Motivation to keep watching this smoldering crater of a baseball team is hard to find, but there are a number of players on this team worth keeping tabs on.
Unlike so many Phillies who have clearly checked out (I'm looking at you, JRoll), the following players are still giving maximum effort in an attempt to secure employment with the Phillies in 2014.