NEW YORK — Bill Giles watches from the periphery now; he attends the All-Star Game every summer to represent the National League as its honorary president. He is the chairman of the Phillies, although his role is reduced with age. And yet, Giles is the soul of the Phillies, the man who organized the current ownership group into purchasing the team for $32.5 million in 1981.
He sees a team mired in limbo.
"I used to be very involved in making decisions and working with the general manager and this is the most difficult last two weeks in July I have ever seen," Giles, 78, said. "I haven't talked to Ruben (Amaro Jr.) lately. He has some tough decisions what to do with all the guys."
Giles mentioned the familiar names: Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, Michael Young, Delmon Young and Cliff Lee. He separated Utley and Ruiz from the group and said he is "worrying a lot" about their futures with the club. He added Amaro has not yet decided his strategy.