The Philadelphia Phillies understand that you don’t think they can field. Here’s their plan to win.

Dave Dombrowski knew that the moment could end in one of two directions.

April 11, 25,-old third baseman Alec BohmIn a game against The, he had committed three errors New York MetsThe Philly crowd was booing Bohm with their boos Bohm was then caught on camera saying “I f—ing love this place”, Philadelphia PhilliesThe president was hopeful that the leadership skills he gained in the offseason will be used.

Dombrowski said that “our players got with him right afterwards the game.” “Nick) Castellanos (Kyle Schwarber), (Kyle Gibson) and (manager Joe Girardi) all got along with him. He addressed the issue head-on.

Bohm didn't just walk out and not speak to reporters. He also did not redouble his frustrations after the game.

“I said it. Are you sure? After the game, Bohm stated that “No.” It's been a frustrating evening for me. A few mistakes were made in the field. These people, these fans just want to win. They're amazing, you heard it. They are my sincere apologies. “I don't mean this.”

Bohm received a standing ovation by Citizen's Bank Park's 26,045 fans the next night as he walked up to the plate in the eighth inning for a pinch-hit.

Dombrowski stated, “He handled it so well as you could handle it,”

So, Dombrowski's offseason additions worked exactly as planned.


Given these plans, it is no surprise that the incident would also ignite more than defense. Two days ago, the Phillies shocked the baseball world when they signed both the Phillies and the Nationals. Kyle Schwarber Nick CastellanosOne question remains: Can Philadelphia catch enough of the ball to win?

Fangraphs revealed that the Phillies had been a poor defensive team prior to their offseason moves. They ranked 24th in majors with a minus-21.1 rating from the start of 2020. They were last in majors for defensive runs saved last season.

In the offseason, it seemed obvious that any moves made by the Phillies would be to solve their run prevention problem. Instead, they signed two players who were near the bottom in Statcast's outs above the average metric, Castellanos and Schwarber (fifth).

Schwarber has been subject to criticism regarding his defense ever since he was a Cubs converted catcher in 2015. The topic was also brought up during an exciting postseason at first base for Red Sox.

Castellanos, meanwhile, is coming off an All-Star 2021 season with the Reds in which he accumulated 4.0 offensive WAR — and negative-1.3 defensive WAR, according to baseball-reference.com.

Luckily for the Phillies, they will likely only need defense from one of those players at a time, thanks to the introduction of the universal DH, which became a reality in the new collective-bargaining agreement after the MLB lockout ended.

“I scratch my head when people say things to me.” [complain about it]Dombrowski spoke out about Castellanos and Schwarber because “the reality is that only one is scheduled for the field on daily basis.” “The other is a designated hitter.”

After Harper's injury, Joe Girardi, Phillies manager, was already penciling Schwarber, Castellanos and Castellanos into his corner outfield spots at Coors Field. Harper is expected to be back in the outfield very soon.

The Phillies also say that there is no reason to be concerned because their players are willing to put in the effort.

Bohm admitted that spring training was not as successful as it should have been. “Everyone knows this. “We're working on that.”

Bobby Dickerson is a defensive coach who has worked with four Gold Glove Winners and is well-known because of his work with the infield. Manny Machado. Dickerson was first paired with the five-time All-Star in Baltimore. He spent the two previous seasons in San Diego as the Padres bench coaches. (He also spent 2019 with the Phillies staff).

Schwarber explained that it doesn't need to be extravagant. “If we do our routine plays, that is how you win baseball games.”

With Dickerson back in town, it seems that the Phillies are making the routine plays. They rank 13th among major league teams in outs over average.

“Bobby Dickerson has been called one of the most outstanding players in the game.” Bryce Harper said. “Guys need to be motivated to learn. This is something that guys need to believe in. We will be better than we were last season if we do that.”


The Phillies were not worried about giving up extra runs because of their defense. This was due in large part to the fact that they were less concerned about scoring those runs.

“Score a little less than we let in, right?” Harper spoke highly of Harper's team's philosophy.

Dombrowski also added Castellanos and Schwarber to his team, joining Harper and other dangerous hitters. J.T. Realmuto, Rhys HoskinsBohm, and Jean SeguraHe put the National League pitching staff on notice that they were going to be hammered by the Phillies. Players were reminded that their offense was special, despite all the talk about potential defense problems.

Starter Kyle Gibson said. He said, “I could see it happening in around 40 percent of your starts.” “Sign me up!”

They will need them to stay with the Braves, Mets, and the rest of a strong NL East. But early returns have been mixed.

We have a small sample size to alert you, but 13 games into this season, a lineup that was expected to include the Broad Street Bullies has performed closer to league average. After finally hitting nine runs in Wednesday’s series finale in Denver, they ranked 12th in MLB with 4.38 runs per match.

Castellanos, a newcomer to the game, has been a success in his new home. He posted a.953 OPS. Schwarber is struggling to find his feet, hitting just.170 in his 47 first at-bats, even though he introduced himself to his new fan base on Opening Day by hitting a 426-foot homerun in the seventh pitch.

Dombrowski believes the Phillies will reach their goals this year by hitting tape measures home runs and displaying offensive flair often enough to compensate for their defensive weaknesses.

Harper stated that while we may look good on paper, it is up to us to do the hard work.

Castellanos agreed with that sentiment: “What?” can be done doesn't mean s—.”


It wasn't their lack of defense that caused the Phillies to bring in Schwarber & Castellanos. John Middleton proved once again that he was willing to do anything to bring the Philadelphia championship home by signing Dombrowski.

Harper stated, “When I heard it for the first time I was pretty speechless.” “It's clear that ownership wants to win…I don't worry about that with Mr. Middleton. Through the lockout stuff, it was clear that I didn’t have to worry too much about my owner. He would like to bring back a championship to Philly.

This team has spent more than half-a billion dollars to make Harper, Realmuto, and others. Zack WheelerMiddleton's famous statement that “We're going in this expecting money — maybe even a little stupid about it” was the essence of the roster, heading into the 2018 offseason.

Gibson joined the team in 2021 through a trade with the Rangers, but he was able to tell that the Phillies were a team worth watching way back in 2019, when he was free to do so.

Gibson stated, “Oh, I was looking for Philadelphia in free agency,” Gibson added. “I don’t believe it’s a secret that the Middleton family wants win. “I think they felt this was our time.”

So exactly one day after signing a four-year, $79million contract with Schwarber on March 16, Dombrowski approached Middleton regarding inking Castellanos. Although he knew some executives would have been fired, Dombrowski had an excellent relationship with the owner of his team after one year.

Dombrowski said, “After signing Schwarber I went home and looked at my stuff and I see Castellanos still out there and don’t see him close signing anywhere,” “I told Middleton it would be big, but not unreasonable.

“He said, “I'm all in.”

Castellanos was hesitant about signing with a team that had just acquired a similar player. That move made Philadelphia even more appealing to him.

Castellanos stated that Kyle was signed by the team and that they believed in him. “Many organizations would not do that for him because they are so analytically driven.” “But knowing Kyle and banking on him – that is what made me believe this organization was in tune with the baseball players and cares about doing the right thing. This was my peace of mind.”

For the moment, the Phillies remain a work in process. They want to improve on defense and wait for their offense, which is highly regarded by Wheeler, Gibson, and Eflin. Aaron NolaAnd Ranger Suarezto be at their best — they can also help the team out on the field.

Gibson said that the greater number of strikeouts, Gibson said, “the less defense you will need.” “Defense takes a lot of work. The work is being done by the guys.”

Dombrowski's city is eager to see postseason baseball succeed. But, the architect of this team is certain that Schwarber's and Castellanos' big additions from the offseason will be there to help.

He stated, “They're as advertised.” They bring something different to our club. It's clear that they do.

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