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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Saturday, August 4, 2012


With little choice, Ruben Amaro has begun to rebuild the Phillies. If he is going to finish last, he can do that with Nate Shierholtz just as easily as he can Hunter Pence. And in the process he can save enough money to rebuild a contender in a hurry.

Three problems: Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins. That's because everything the Phillies have done, do and are financially handcuffed into continuing to do will be based on the belief (hope?) that the three former All-Stars will sparkle once again.

Good luck.

Maybe it will happen. But they are all careening into their mid-30s. And they are so overpaid that no one would dare sniff at their salaries.

Can they return to star-level form? Charlie Manuel, for one, thinks so.

Check out my column on the topic in the Daily Times Sunday and, as always, on


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