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Decisions employed by these lucky guys determine the careers of many Philadelphia Phillies, like Jonathan Papelbon.  How did they do their jobs in your humble opinion? TAL’S HANDY CAPS:  POLL   WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: This is the second poll, which will be honed over time, like my other postings. If you’re interested in checking out something different, my weekly storyline articles are designed to represent a baseball-man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Please go to my author archives or Phillies page for my most recent coverage. Scroll down to Tal’s Handy Links at the bottom. Thank you.   Check out:  Philadelphia Phillies news: Suds or studs, top-tier aces     Is Time Running Out On Rube And Cholley As A Combo?         Praise Or Blame:   The red pinstripes dropped from 102-60 in 2011 to 81-81 last year. They have 6 stars plus 1:  Doc Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Papelbon, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Chooch Ruiz as the 7th wheel. Only King Cole and Cinco Ocho were at their healthy, productive best. Cholley Manuel can only play the roster he is given, and he is one big-name injury away from a major obstacle. When both leaders had 3.5 of 7 major assets on the shelf, they struggled to break even. Rube Amaro’s financial boundaries restricted him to gambling on the recovery of Jose Contreras for 8th-inning set-up. The GM also had no choice but to depend on the 4 breakout players from 2011:  Antonio Bastardo, Mike Stutes, Vance Worley and John Mayberry Jr. Parity is the new reality for all 30 higher-ups, which means the only fallbacks are signed to Triple-A contracts, like 3B Josh Fields. A general manager in today’s market is limited to a $178M budget, if he works for one of the well-heeled franchises. Keep in mind, this is only the early stage of the off-season, which should not be figured into Amaro’s 2012 results. If you think that Rube or Cholley did fantastic with what they had, you vote a stud. If not, you can say their performance was beer league or give them a pass, which is my view.   The 2009 NL Pennant Was The Peak For Rube And Cholley together Stud = A Solid Result For 2013 Suds = A Beer-League Year Pass = A Fluke Season Take Our Poll   LINK-UP BELOW: Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook is for notification of posts and any holdups that may occur. It might be worth your while because there are delays of 2 hours on most feeds. There are 5 storylines for 2013.  Check out my recent publication (A History Of Success) on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo. Tal’s Handy Stats is daily coverage. I alternated the 2012 ERA For The NL East and the 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked my page. TAL’S HANDY LINKS   TAL’S HANDY CAPS on Facebook  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Amaro’s revised blueprint Phillies Tal Venada (Author Archives) Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at final game 162 Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at final game 162  
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