Bad Things Happened in Philadelphia: The 2020 Phillies Postmortem

Same, J.T. Same.

In a special edition of The Philly Frenetics Podcast, Joe and John break down some of what went wrong for the Phillies during the 2020 season before taking a trip around the diamond to talk about who we can expect to see in each position on Opening Day next season. The rundown:

• Full disclosure: the Phillies announced Matt Klentak was stepping down literally while the episode was being recorded, so the guys re-recorded a new intro to discuss the change (0:44)

• John goes over the potential candidates that he discussed in his piece that was posted immediately after learning the news, and Joe throws some names onto the pile as well; he will forever claim to be the first in town to speculate on the “Theo Epstein to the Phillies” rumors/pipe dream (5:10)

• A discussion of the impact of the field staff (13:55), with a brief departure into talking about pitchers

• The starting rotation (21:09)

• The second-worst bullpen in Major League history (31:00)

• The catching situation, segueing into first base, with a healthy dose of designated hitter in there, too (42:18); the guys also agree on someone to spend the money on if J.T. Realmuto isn’t back next season

• A very brief discussion about who will start at third base next season (it’s Alec Bohm) (58:00)

• Didi Gregorius speculation and the rest of the middle infield (1:00:27)

• Center field is a bit of a mess, eh? (1:06:04)

• John engages in some shocking Andrew McCutchen slander, and Joe takes a bit more offense than anyone outside of the McCutchen family probably should (1:08:40)

• Effusive praise of the first two years of the Bryce Harper Era (1:12:32)

• The bench (1:16:51)

The Eagles are Going to the Super Bowl! The Philly Frenetics Podcast

What a time to be alive; your Philadelphia Eagles are headed back to the Super Bowl!  The guys talk at length about Sunday's NFC Championship Game, including the 49ers quarterback debacle, where Haason Reddick's playoff performance ranks among Philadelphia's all-time greats, and the narratives that cropped up in the hours after the game; then, they chat briefly about the AFC title game (44:08) and the Sixers' recent run of good form (54:51). You can find The Philly Frenetics Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, Stitcher, and more; you can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @PhillyFrenetics and on the web at — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
  1. The Eagles are Going to the Super Bowl!
  2. The Giants Were Too Small; the Eagles are Headed to the NFC Championship Game
  3. Eagles-Giants III: The Divisional Playoffs; The Sixers and Flyers are Playing, Too!
  4. Jalen's Hurt, The Coronation of Lionel Messi, and the Frenetics Christmas Spectacular
  5. Trea Turner is (Going to Be) a Phillie; Jalen Hurts Should Be the NFL MVP Favorite

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