Originally posted on NBC Philadelphia  |  Last updated 11/29/11
Early Monday, news broke that the Ed Wade -- the General Manager of the Houston Astros -- would be let go following another lackluster season for the soon-to-be-American-League team. This news, of course, comes as no surprise to Phillies fans, who had the displeasure of having Wade as their GM from 1998 through 2005, where he captained many a team with high expectations but was never able to get them into the postseason. And as many have said (myself included), Ed Wade possibly did more for the Phillies as the GM for the Astros than he ever did as the GM of the Phillies. It's not a stretch to think that, of course, because since his arrival in Houston, Wade made three huge trades with the Phillies that on the surface appeared lopsided to the Phillies favor. It appeared he more or less got taken while successors Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro, Jr. got shiny new players to put on the big league roster -- be it Brad Lidge, Roy Oswalt or Hunter Pence. And in return? All the Phillies gave up
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