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Fire Ed Wade
Thoughout the year I've been praying for the Phils to fire Bowa. That's still number one on my list of off-season wishes, but I now have a new number two: fire Ed Wade.

After the Phils swept the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend, they thought they might build on that momentum in Houston and return home on a hot streak.

Didn't happen.

Cory Lidle allowed five runs in six innings in an 8-4 loss Monday.

Todd Jones allowed two runs in the eighth inning in a 4-2 loss Tuesday.

Felix Rodriguez's two walks in the eighth inning led to four runs yesterday.

Lidle, Jones and Rodriguez joined the team just before or just after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

They are a combined 2-7 with a 6.62 earned run average since joining the Phillies.

Then there are the other mid-season pitching acquisitions: Paul Abbott and Brian Powell: 12 GS (& 14 relief appearances,) combined 2-8, with a 5.73 ERA. Let's not forget either the waste of space Roberto Hernandez has been out of the pen: 2-4, 3 blown saves, 5.14 ERA.

As a group, these Ed Wade acquisitions for the 2004 season have gone a combined 6-19, 4 blown saves, 170 2/3 IP, 5.75 ERA. This group is the reason the Phillies are now dead in the water. Thrown in Tim Worell for good measure, and suddenly you're looking at 9-24, 11 blown saves, 16 saves, 234 1/3 IP, 5.30 ERA

To be fair, Worrell wasn't hired to be the closer and of all the acquisitions, he was the only one with a recent track record that suggested he should have a decent season; blown saves aside, he has been a perfectly serviceable Major League-average reliever. Nonetheless, Ed Wade should be fired for this gross incompetence.
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From: dantheman70 Date: August 26th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really torn. I don't know that firing him will help. Firing Bowa might, because I don't think he's got 100% of his players' respect. Might be time to bring in a players' manager, like Jimy Williams. (You wouldn't bring in a taskmaster to replace a taskmaster.)

mattapp From: mattapp Date: August 26th, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, firing Wade won't help the team that's on the field right now, but his dealings for the 2004 season show that he hasn't been an acute judge of bullpen talent. Going back to the 2001 season, I've lost count of all the relievers he's acquired that quickly left me cringing every time the announcer mentioned he was entering the game. Thankfully, although he's depleted the farm system in his mad dash to collect as many veteran relievers as possible, thus far the prospects he's dealt have seemed far more suspect than prospect.
From: dantheman70 Date: August 26th, 2004 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
But every GM does that. Middle relievers are the most expendable of players. And they're the toughest to figure, because a reliever could be incredible one season and a disaster the next, for any number of reasons.

He still has his top prospects, such as Gavin Floyd. I'm glad he didn't trade him this year.
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