Several of the Phillies offseason moves have been questioned by the team’s fan base. An old team that keeps getting older. Even starting pitcher Cole Hamels seems to admit the team has put off the rebuilding process.
“You have to know when to start over,” Hamels told Richard Rys of Philadelphia Magazine. “Will our fans be happy with that? Probably not.”
Hamels even described a decline in locker room morale during last year’s 73-89 campaign.
“The energy in the clubhouse changed,” he told Rys. “It used to be all high fives. This season, there weren’t as many high fives. There was a lot of bitterness, pointing fingers — ‘You haven’t played well in a week, why weren’t you in here early?’”