Well, I think this has run long enough. The results aren’t going to change much if I let the polling to run any longer. The response in all three polls was similar. Before a hundred votes were cast, the “Go” response for all three was over 60%. Around 200, the percentages held. Saturday, with over 350 votes cast, Klentak’s has dipped below 60%, but MacPhail and Kapler are still over 60%.
I didn’t vote, but if I had, I would probably have said “Stay” for all three. I was not among those who hated the Kapler hiring. I was not invested in Mackinon, Wathan, or any of the older managers who were available. I can’t hold him accountable for injuries or the decisions that shaped his roster. MacPhail turned a of the baseball decisions over to Klentak when he hired Kapler and soon thereafter. I think he has been mentoring his successor and can probably be excused for the decisions of another. That leaves Klentak who has more years left on his contract than the other two. I think he has had a good tenure. The most glaring mistake (IMO) was expecting the young starting pitchers to continue to develop. You should always expect them to all get worse. (Sarcasm) It was unfortunate that the four pitchers couldn’t pitch effectively (Eickhoff, Velasquez, Eflin, Pivetta) and that the guys at Lehigh Valley couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities (Irvin and De Lo Santos). I agreed with the decision to discontinue pursuit for Corbin when the years became too high (remember Lee and Halladay at the end of their contracts?). I wasn’t interested in Keuchel or Kimbrell during the offseason or later. And, I can’t hold him accountable for not making the trades that are suggested here every week. We don’t know that he didn’t try to make trades and the prices were too high. After all that, I can’t see them eating 4 years of contract. I did think Kapler was a goner, but in embarrassing, Phillies fashion they are taking an incredibly, unconscionable amount of time to either fire Kapler or give him a vote of confidence.
BTW, I respect the opinion and appreciate the calm and reasonable interaction of all who comment here. I did not intend to imply otherwise.