Balls, Sticks, & Stuff
9/15/2004
 
The Case FOR Ed Wade
David Pinto at Baseball Musings points us to a new website (new to me, and apparently David too), FireEdWade.com. For most of the season, I have essentially defended Ed Wade for several reasons, largest of which is his ability to obtain good players in the offseason. No one can convince me it has been easy over the last several offseasons for Ed Wade to make a pitch to free agents:

Wade takes a call from Mr. Agent-Representing-a-Possible-MVP/Cy Young-Candidate...

"Uh, yeah, you are right Mr. Agent-Representing-a-Possible-MVP/Cy Young-Candidate, we do have a very unforgiving fan base."...

...(Mr. Agent talking on the telephone similar to Charlie Brown's teacher)...

"Uh, yeah, that was Santa they booed, but in their defense he was drunk."

...(Mr. Agent talking more)...

"Uh, yes you are right, they did boo the greatest third baseman of all-time"

...(Mr. Agent talking more)...

"Well, I won't lie to you, the rats at the Vet are huge, but the stray cats at least keep the population in check."

...(Mr. Agent talking more)...

"No, the statistics you have are correct, the Phillies have lost more games than any other professional sports franchise."

...(Mr. Agent talking more)...

Our manager? Bo'? He's a pussy cat, seriously."

....(click)...

"Hello? Hello?"

An additional factor in Wade's favor is his work with the farm system. Before Ed Wade, there were no "Untouchables". In discussing trades, other teams call the Phillies to get Gavin Floyd, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, and Ryan Madson (and probably Ryan Howard soon too) and Wade has had the good sense not to trade them.

But probably the best reason to keep Ed Wade: There is an old saying "The devil you know is better than the devil you don't know." What part of Phillies history makes one think a better replacement would be installed? Paul Owens (1924-2003, R.I.P., architect of the 1980 Phils) was probably the best general manager the Phillies have ever had, and I am pretty sure propping him up in the front office like Bernie Lomax would not gain the Phightin's much. Yes, there are better general managers and probably general manager-candidates out there, but I for one wouldn't trust the Phillies upper brass to figure out who they are, and then get them to come to Philadelphia (see above telephone conversation).

The Phillies have other issues that should be addressed long before Ed Wade is fired. And in my mind, Ed Wade is the best person in the organization to accomplish the offseason improvements that need to be made.

Update [5/16/05]: It appears as if many people are Googling or Yahooing "Ed Wade" and turning up this post. If you'd like to read more on my thoughts about the Phillies and Ed Wade, go to the new and improved Balls, Sticks, & Stuff at www.ballssticksstuff.com. See you there!


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