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Manuel on Phillies: 'We're a ways off'

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07:18 AM ET 07.31 | Charlie Manuel summed it up -- succinctly but more tactfully than his closer did recently. Barring an unforeseen late-season surge, the Phillies will miss the playoffs for a second straight year. With a payroll that ranks up with the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers and spoiled by the recent success, a two-year drought takes some getting used to. But according to Manuel, recapturing the not-so-old glory is going to take some work. "I think we're a ways off," Manuel said [Tuesday]. ... Take your pick as to why this is the case. The aging core, a roster loaded with starting pitching but not much experienced bullpen help, injuries and a dearth of prospects ready to contribute in the big leagues. As Manuel says, watch the game. "I've known what we've had for the last two years," Manuel said.

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July 31, 2013  08:16 AM ET

......all the big money teams will be embarassed (again) this year , as in most years, by tampa bay and oakland and pittsburgh and cardinals and cleveland , which is great....but some people are apparently slow learners....red sox this year are last year yanks....lead the league wire to wire....and then crater when it counts....same with dodgers....

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July 31, 2013  08:46 AM ET
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They look like to be chasing the Marlins for the anchor spot of the division.

That's just foolish. they are bad but not that bad...they should be able to stay somewhat close to the nationals esp if they end up keeping their current roster in tact...

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July 31, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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I thought that was a prerequisite for being a Phillies fan.

<rim shot>

July 31, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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They look like to be chasing the Marlins for the anchor spot of the division.

The Marlins won't give up that spot willingly.

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July 31, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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I thought that was a prerequisite for being a Phillies fan.

That is completely ridiculous.


That's the prerequisite for White Sox fandom.

July 31, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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We'll see, got them the next 2 games

Let's Go Mets!

 
July 31, 2013  11:51 AM ET

Except for The Commissioner, Baseball is. Great sport keep in mind it's not a business, we still have 2 Strong Months of Games, let's see who's still standing tall at the end of the season!!!

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