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Phillies: Stay or Go results 2013

We've been measuring your votes on which Phillies you'd like to see in Clearwater and which you'd like to see somewhere else, doing something else with anybody else.

Phillies: Stay or Go results 2013

Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. (AP Photos)
Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. (AP Photos)

Around August, it seemed apparent that this Phillies team was due for an upheaval. Personnel changes were imminent, starting with the long-term manager, and eventually trickling down to the place-holding utility guys. Now, the coaching staff has been vaporized, and as we await further, more cataclysmic changes, we can dream of a world in which roster moves are made in correspondence with fan opinion.

We’ve been measuring your votes on which Phillies you’d like to see in Clearwater and which you’d like to see somewhere else, doing something else with anybody else.

Although these numbers are not representative of the entire fanbase, they come from a solid sample size. For example, 6,295 people voted in the Amaro poll as of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, with most of the other receiving over 5,000 votes.

Now on to the results...

MANAGEMENT

Nobody is ready to end the Ryne Sandberg era, it seems, though Ruben Amaro has worn out his welcome.

Ryne Sandberg: 95.2% Stay | Last year: N/A

Ruben Amaro:  80% Go | Last year: 56% Stay

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INFIELDERS

The infield is mostly old faces, with the refreshing work of Cody Asche at third base replacing Michael Young close to the end of the season. Ryan Howard, whose aging has not been easy to watch, is once again on the negative side of things, but with his well-documented contract, this internet poll is about as close to leaving as he is going to get. Even more of a majority doesn’t think Jimmy Rollins can get by on his smile anymore, but as always, Chase Utley is welcome to stay.

Ryan Howard: 62.7% Go | Last year: 63% Stay

Chase Utley: 89.5% Stay | Last year: 87% Stay

Jimmy Rollins: 68.1% Go | Last year: 75% Stay

Cody Asche: 92% Stay | Last year: N/A 

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OUTFIELDERS

Remember when Roger Bernadina came to the Phillies in late August, and he had a couple of hits and some spectacular catches early on, and we thought we had this capable new outfield? He finished the year hitting .187 as a Phillie with a -0.2 WAR. So what I’m asking is if you remember that afternoon this past season when the Phillies had outfield depth.

Ben Revere turned things around after his abysmal start, but his injury took him out for the second half. His assets were clear, though, and the numbers reflect that, as do Dom Brown’s, who you can only watch hit a 400-foot home run so many times before wanting him to be here forever.

Roger Bernadina: 82.3% Go  | Last year: N/A

Ben Revere: 74.2% Stay | Last year: N/A 

Domonic Brown: 86% Stay | Last year: 66% Stay

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CATCHERS

How could you look Chooch in the face and tell him to leave? You can’t, though as one of the Phillies’ free agents-to-be this offseason, this could very well happen. The catching market isn’t deep, so the Phils would be smart to keep him, despite his flaws. In the end, most people couldn’t bring themselves to him out. Erik Kratz had an unproductive year that was probably closer to his actual skill-set, while Cameron Rupp is exciting because he’s young and new and we don’t know if he’s a bust yet.

Carlos Ruiz: 75.6% Stay  | Last year: 98.4% Stay

Erik Kratz: 59.3% Go | Last year: 96.7% Stay

Cameron Rupp: 69.8% Stay | Last year: N/A 

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ROTATION

If somebody told you in 2006 that a Phillies Stay or Go poll result would include massive majorities of fans voting Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, and Roy Halladay off the team, you would have probably said “I don’t think – wait WHAT ROY HALLADAY?!”

We never thought the day would come, but after his first few starts, his extended absence, and his less than invigorating return, Roy Halladay does not look healthy out there anymore. Meanwhile, it’s no secret Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee should be at the top of the Phillies rotation next year, while Jonathan Pettibone proved himself a worthy young back of the rotation guy. Kyle Kendrick started strong, then withered away through August and September, but not enough to make him repellent enough to warrant an exit. Tyler Cloyd’s days are numbered (due to the high nature of his numbers), and I honestly forgot about John Lannan until just now.

Roy Halladay: 77.1% Go | Last year: 85.6% Stay

Cliff Lee: 93.7% Stay | Last year: 91.8% Stay 

Cole Hamels: 96.3% Stay | Last year: 98.7% Stay

Jonathan Pettibone: 56.6% Stay | Last year: N/A 

Kyle Kendrick: 69.3% Stay | Last year: 79.9% Stay

John Lannan: 89.8% Go | Last year: N/A 

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BENCH

Phillies fans have seen about enough of John Mayberry, especially with the assumption that the team will be seeking a free agent outfielder this winter. People seem to like Kevin Frandsen’s scrap-itude, and Darin Ruf is the cheap, friendly young mystery man who may or may not be the slugger who saves the franchise. Freddy Galvis has yet to get a stable, defined role with the club, but with a manager who has worked with him at triple A and isn’t married to starting veterans for the sake of starting veterans, his stellar defense could be used less sparingly. Pete Orr, Casper Wells, and Michael Martinez are nothing more than space-fillers who ran out of space, while Cesar Herndandez, like several other fellows on this roster, is intriguing due to his young age and promising minor league career.

John Mayberry: 84.7% Go | Last year: 51% Go 

Kevin Frandsen: 79.5% Stay | Last year: 94% Stay

Darin Ruf: 91.6% Stay | Last year: 97.9% Stay

Freddy Galvis: 85.2% Stay | Last year: 80.6% Stay

Casper Wells: 90.2% Go | Last year: N/A 

Cesar Hernandez: 90.4% Stay | Last year: N/A 

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BULLPEN

Ah, the bullpen. Wait, not “ah.” More like “argh, no, god, please stop.”

Jonathan Papelbon, making $13 million this year, was paid $212,418 per inning pitched this season, and he still blew more saves than an “elite” closer is supposed to. Plus, he made the infamous “I didn’t come here for this,” statement, which somehow offended people.

Mike Adams was a good signing that didn’t pan out due to injury, while Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman, B.J. Rosenberg, and Antonio Bastardo are some of the younger arms who looked like hell through the summer but began turning things around just in time to be too late; but apparently we aren’t so scorned that we don’t want that to carry over into 2014. Michael Stutes’ stuff was impressive enough that his mostly-injured season wasn’t enough to lose him a roster spot, at least on the internet. Ethan Martin was competent and thrilling enough to spark “closer of the future” talk, while appearances by long men like Joe Savery, Luis Garcia, and Cesar Jimenez was enough to stir up bad moods, as their entrances to a game probably meant the Phils fell behind early.

Jonathan Papelbon: 80.9% Go | Last year: 78% Stay

Mike Adams: 56.2% Go  | Last year: N/A   

Justin De Fratus: 77.6% Stay | Last year: N/A

Jake Diekman: 93.8% Stay | Last year: N/A

B.J. Rosenberg: 80.6% Stay | Last year: N/A

Antonio Bastardo: 57% Stay | Last year: 51.8% Go

Luis Garcia: 73.7% Go  | Last year: N/A

Joe Savery: 59.4% Go  | Last year: N/A

Michael Stutes: 80.9% Stay  | Last year: 76.3% Stay

Ethan Martin: 79.8% Stay  | Last year: N/A

Phillippe Aumont: 73% Go  | Last year: 89.9% Stay

Cesar Jimenez: 64.2% Go  | Last year: N/A

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