While two teams that did not win 90 regular-season games in 2014 played to the conclusion of the World Series, the Phillies huddled at their facility in Clearwater, Fla. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. unveiled The Phillies Way, a handbook distributed to all baseball personnel – coaches, scouts, athletic trainers included – during the team’s organizational meetings this week.
The Phillies are not the first team to draft such a manual. Amaro planned it, well before the franchise shifted to a rebuilding phase, and decided this was the ideal time to affirm the team’s direction.
While the full handbook was unavailable to us, we were able to get our mitts on the book’s table of contents, which tells us quite a bit about The Phillies Way. Head over the jump for an EXCLUSIVE look inside the super secret handbook.
Forward: Written By Roy Halladay (Oh Shit! There’s Stickers)
I struggle writing this due to the privacy of a man of integrity and the definition of a baseball player. In the video room in the stadium you will find a row of heart and hustle trophies with Chase’s name. Not because somebody chose to display them but rather a junk drawer of sorts for a man who although appreciates the honor and plays the game for all the right reasons!
Chapter 1: WAR, What Is It Good For?
Chapter 2: Keeping The Band Together
The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, and U2. Though they may have encountered their share of problems, they stuck together until they were old and grey, and in some cases, dead. There’s something admirable about that.
Chapter 3: Buy Now, Pay Later
How to blow a $125 million.
Chapter 4: The Trade Deadline
Buyers or sellers? It’s best to keep them guessing… and then do nothing.
Chapter 5: The Negotiation, Simplified
Just offer more than anyone else. A lot more.
Chapter 6: Closing The Deal
Two words: Player. Option.
Chapter 7: Ethics
That college kid totally should’ve known better. Next time don’t enter the draft, dick.
Chapter 8: Cuban Missile Crisis
[Due to a printing error in this edition, the pages in this chapter are blank. Check back in a few years.]
Chapter 9: Loyalty
To a fault.
Chapter 10: The Win
Oft-overlooked and slandered by nerds, we believe it still has a place in the game today.
Chapter 11: The Alphabet, Ben Revere Shows Off His Third Tool (And He Learned It All By Himself!)
Chapter 12: Who’s Got Next? (A Special Advertising Section)
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Chapter 13: Fine Wines
Everything gets better with age, even high-mileage relievers!
Chapter 14: Trouble With The Curve
Special guest author: Ryan Howard.
Chapter 15: Plates Appearances and At-Bats– Are They Really That Different?
Chapter 16: Firing Fan Favorites
Do it on an off-day, and then announce it on a Friday afternoon. We always like to avoid confrontation whenever possible.
Chapter 17: THE BROADCAST
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Chapter 18: My, Myself and Cinco
Players with split personalities: ultra competitors or clubhouse cancers? Exploring both sides of the issues.
Chapter 19: Management
We sit down with Ryne Sandberg to discuss how he handles the wide-ranging personalities in the clubhouse.
Chapter 20: Everyone Is Allowed To Have Their Own Opinion
We sit down with Jimmy Rollins to find out why he’s not talking to his manager. “Obviously he’s upset about something,” Rollins tells us.
Chapter 21: Heads, Shoulders, Chase Utley’s Knees, and Toes
He’s totally fine! Seriously, there’s nothing wrong with his degenerative knee condition.
Chapter 22: Insanity
If you keep doing the same thing, you can eventually expect a different result.
Epilogue: Written By Howard Eskin
Sources tell me team President David Montgomery’s cancer was a convenient excuse for him to be pushed out of the organization by billionaire John Middleton! Tune in to FOX 29 at 5:30 for the l8ist!