The Washington Nationals have been a rather significant disappointment this season. The Nationals won 100 games last season and now are struggling to get back to playing .500 baseball in the middle of August. Yet, despite their recent struggles the Nationals showed once again just how bad the Phillies are in 2013. If nothing else was learned this weekend, it was that the Phillies are just a bad team as currently constructed. Mediocre teams beat bad teams, and this weekend in the nation's capital one mediocre team swept a bad team. As a result, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel remains sitting on the doorstep of his 1,000th career victory as the team moves down to Atlanta for a three-game series that begins tonight.
We are beyond the point of wondering if the Phillies would actually bring Manuel back in 2014. There is no reason to do so. The Philadelphia Phillies should have a new manager in 2014. I saw this as one who respects Manuel and all he has done during the most successful stint in franchise history I consider myself fortunate to have watched, but for a franchise to move forward they must make the decision to not allow past success to cover-up the current state of the team. Take a cue from across the street, with the Philadelphia Eagles.no comments