2022 MLB Playoffs – Meet the Philadelphia Phillies

This is a blog series I created about the 8 MLB Wild Card playoff teams.

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Philadelphia Phillies

League: National

Division: East (3rd)

Registration: 87-75

Playoff seed: 6th out of 6

Wild Card Opponent: @ (#3) Cardinals

Compulsory Sweet Moment:

Leadership

Administrator: Rob Thompson

Mike Carlson. Getty Images.

Years managed: 1

Registration: 65-46 (.586)

Post-season record: 0-0

Achievements: Took over from Girardi when everyone was selling the Phillies on the river and now they’re in the playoffs.

Remarkable nuggets: Canadian citizen and that’s literally all I have

Chief Honcho: Dave Dombrowski (2) is from Oak Lawn, Illinois. He went to Richards High School, then to West Michigan, where he majored in accounting and presumably crushed thousands of beers. Then he landed a front office job with the White Sox after chasing Roland Hemond at MLB’s winter meetings one year. It’s a crazy story about chance, chance and opportunity and Dave tells it way better than me. It’s worth asking him the next time you meet. The man is a legend.

Phillies Owner’s Box

Owner: John S. Middleton (and the Buck family chuthhhh)

Net value : $3.4 billion

Wealth source: Black and Soft. I would like to joke. His great-grandfather (or something As who) started a mail-order tobacco business in the 1850s. He was successful enough to survive and grow for the next 100 years in the retail and wholesale tobacco business. Then, in the 1950s, Middleton Co. began manufacturing its own tobacco products, and the business boomed over the next two decades. Fast forward to the 80s and here is John fresh out of Harvard business school, acquiring brands and growing the tobacco business.

Business was booming.

Sportswire icon. Getty Images.

Then, in 1994, John bought a minority stake (15%) in the Phillies for a whopping $18 million. He has been there ever since and bought it up to 48% alongside the Buck family who also own 48%. John is the face because the Bucks made their money in pharmaceuticals and it’s bad for optics. So they chose the tobacco guy instead.

Year of purchase: 1994

Purchase price: $18M, then additional purchases over the next 20 years

2022 Team Value: $2.3 billion

2022 Payroll (MLB Rank): $255 million (4th)

The Phillies 2022:

Brand recognition: Slow-pitch softball meets Major League Baseball.

3 best players:

1. Bryce Harper, OF = bad, bad boy

2. JT Realmuto, C=maybe the best shortstop in the field and he plays catcher

3. Kyle Schwarber, OF = Hi, my name is Kyle and I’m eating playoff fastballs for breakfast

Top pitchers: Every other team preview is limited to one starting pitcher, but in this case, I really have no choice. Wheeler and Nola are so indifferently dominant and dynamic. Any attempt to say otherwise is bullshit.

Guy surprised to watch: Brandon Marsh although he is not a traditional surprise. Just a brave dude who needs more attention, especially after the Phillies offloaded that stud receiver Logan O’Hoppe to land him that trade deadline. This guy’s ceiling is huge from my outside perspective. He looks like such a complete Philly Scumbag Eagles fan growing out his beard until they bring back the full-time kelly green jerseys.

Nick Wass. Shutterstock images.
Jeff Robson. Shutterstock images.

In terms of performance, I think he’s just one of those players who can go red over a weekend under the bright lights. This is how these great Georgia high school players are raised. It’s rightfully in their DNA and I mean like the actual physical DNA. The real stuff.

Brandon Marsh has it.

The oldest guy on the team: David Robertson, 37

The youngest of the team: Brandon Marsh, 24

Strengths: So much pop and power in almost every position. Complete guys from top to bottom who don’t care about your feelings. That’s what I think when I look at this Phillies team. Just a bunch of hungry dogs wanting to play their brand of baseball. They’ve been through a lot of shit this season and now they’re coming into October with a lethal 1-2 starting pitcher combo and a blank canvas for Bryce Harper to paint his October masterpiece. It’s a fascinating story.

Weaknesses: The biggest problem is that they just aren’t as good as the other teams in the playoffs. Sometimes it really is that simple. They are a bit slower. A little bumpier. A little steeper on the ground. A little less cohesion with all the injuries and the new faces. They’ve done a lot to get here, but the vibes are there. Also interesting moment to bring Zach Eflin closer. Very confusing pitching staff after Nola and Wheeler.

3 big questions:

1. Seriously, who gets out of the bullpen?

Giphy pictures.

2. Is Bryce healthy, injured or injured? We’ll never know for sure, but he’s been so absent since returning from injury. Almost serious enough to wonder if he ever regained his health?

3. Can they fire the sweet shit sooner? Quintana will twist, cut, slide and bend as much as he can. It will be tempting. If you take the bait early, he’s in full control and it’s a long day.

The Phillies can win the World Series if…

Bryce Harper is playing to the best of his abilities. Realmuto turns off. Both pitchers throw 3 batting pitches each and a natural disaster wipes out the west coast. It’s my best bet.

For more on the Philadelphia Phillies and the 2022 Wild Card Series:

Neal T. Doss