Kush asked in SportsBaseball · 6 months ago

Now that Phillies are on a 7 game losing streak as Marlins sweep them, as they fall below .500, will the fans continue to show up or no?

The best team money can buy?

Right now that does not appear to be the 2019 Philadelphia Phillies, currently in free-fall having dropped seven straight and 16 of their last 22—even after spending “stupid money” in the off-season to sign Bryce Harper and other free agents.

Yet as the season nears the midway point, the 39-38 Phils are barely Fightin’. The team that stormed out of the gates like Supermen, going 4-0 while bashing 10 home runs, has turned into a bunch of Clark Kents. Following Sunday’s 6-4 home loss to the lowly Marlins to complete a three-game sweep, they’ve gone from what was a 3 ½ game lead over the Braves in the N.L. East on May 29 to 6 ½ games back..

And in case you’re wondering, yes, the natives are restless, many calling for manager Gabe Kapler’s analytics-driven head. This was not what they expected this season, which seems to be quickly going off the rails.

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  • 6 months ago

    Overpaying "name" players in a quest to buy championships rarely works. Many teams have tried and almost all have failed.

    Look at the last 5 World Championship teams; you won't find an overpriced free agent on any of them and 3 of those clubs built the team up by developing players in the minor leagues,

    Bryce Harper, like Manny Machado, is a $300+M mistake that the team will still regret years from now. Paying players for what they did with other teams is almost always a huge mistake, plus Harper wasn't that good to begin with.

    Harper is going to wind up costing Gabe Kapler his job and the Phillies a chance to be a contender for the long term. Harper is absolutely a waste of fresh air.

  • TedEx
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    6 months ago

    Look for attendance to nosedive unless they get things turned around quick. Look for Kapler to vanish unless thy start winning,,..... quick!!!!

  • 6 months ago

    Some fans will show up, attendance drops for most teams when they don't live up to expectations.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonmarks/2019/06/23/f...

  • 6 months ago

    Buying your way to a championship fails at least as often as it succeeds. The problem with the kind of a slump the Phillies are going through right now is that it can alienate fans whose expectations were too high. Look for a near term shake up in management if the slump doesn't end now.

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  • 6 months ago

    Yeah I think fans will show up. After signing Harper and such. But I guarantee they aren’t Happy lol. I’m sure fans expected better from them!

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