Bad Things Happened in Philadelphia: The 2020 Phillies Postmortem

Same, J.T. Same.

In a special edition of The Boo Birds Podcast, Joe and John break down some of what went wrong for the Phillies during the 2020 season before taking a trip around the diamond to talk about who we can expect to see in each position on Opening Day next season. The rundown:

• Full disclosure: the Phillies announced Matt Klentak was stepping down literally while the episode was being recorded, so the guys re-recorded a new intro to discuss the change (0:44)

• John goes over the potential candidates that he discussed in his piece that was posted immediately after learning the news, and Joe throws some names onto the pile as well; he will forever claim to be the first in town to speculate on the “Theo Epstein to the Phillies” rumors/pipe dream (5:10)

• A discussion of the impact of the field staff (13:55), with a brief departure into talking about pitchers

• The starting rotation (21:09)

• The second-worst bullpen in Major League history (31:00)

• The catching situation, segueing into first base, with a healthy dose of designated hitter in there, too (42:18); the guys also agree on someone to spend the money on if J.T. Realmuto isn’t back next season

• A very brief discussion about who will start at third base next season (it’s Alec Bohm) (58:00)

• Didi Gregorius speculation and the rest of the middle infield (1:00:27)

• Center field is a bit of a mess, eh? (1:06:04)

• John engages in some shocking Andrew McCutchen slander, and Joe takes a bit more offense than anyone outside of the McCutchen family probably should (1:08:40)

• Effusive praise of the first two years of the Bryce Harper Era (1:12:32)

• The bench (1:16:51)

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This week, the guys do their first combined "What Are You Drinking?" taste test, where Joe surprises John with a can of PBR Hard Coffee (5:27). After getting through that, John kicks off a discussion about the Sixers (13:01) before Joe explains the European Super League proposal (that fell apart before the episode even dropped) and why it was so widely loathed (23:52).  Then, John airs a grievance after three decades (39:57) before the guys talk about the Aaron Nola conversation (46:25) and the black hole that is center field at Citizens Bank Park (58:08). You can find The Boo Birds Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, Stitcher, and more; you can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BooBirdsPodcast, and on the web at — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
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  2. Alec Bohm's Big Toe; The Flyers Are Dead at the Trade Line; Weird Finishes
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  4. Sixers and Eagles Trade Recaps; Lauren Amour of The Good Phight
  5. The Sixers at the Trade Deadline

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