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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The Eagles are back in first place after a win over the Giants on Thursday Night Football (7:05).  They're not the only ones, though, as the Union took Toronto FC behind the proverbial woodshed on Saturday night for a 5-0 beatdown that vaulted the local MLS side into first place with three matches remaining in this most irregular of regular seasons (31:48), and you best believe Joe talked about it at length.  Finally, the guys talk about the preposterous finish to Game 4 of the World Series (45:14).  Bet you didn't think you'd hear the name "Enos Slaughter" today, did you? You can find The Boo Birds Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, Stitcher, and more; be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @BooBirdsPodcast, and visit our website at BooBirdsPodcast.com. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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  3. 9. 10/14/20: Chasing Claypool
  4. 8. Bad Things Happened in Philadelphia: The 2020 Phillies Postmortem
  5. 7. 10/06/20: We Waited All Season For Sunday Night

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