"Bandbox Blues" - the solution seems obvious to me...
The reality that Citizen's Bank Park is a ridiculously homer-friendly bandbox has led many to abandon all hope of the Phils having a good, well-rounded team with good pitching for any time in the foreseable future. Surely no decent pitcher is going to want to sign on to play in this HR Derby park.
Well, the solution seems obvious to me - it has to come from the farm. The Phils need to focus their entire system around developing strong young starting pitchers at all costs, and not fireballing strikeout artists but groundball pitchers who keep the ball in the yard. They need to make a long-term commitment to making the development of pitchers their #1 priority. They shouldn't give a lick about young postion players, there'll never be much of a shortage of guys who can hit the ball out of this park.
Now I'm not too up on the recent/current Phils minor league system, so I'm wondering, have they done anything to go in this direction at all in the last few years? They need to start making moves that will ensure a steady pipeline of young arms for the future since we know any of them that eventually turn into good big league starters will eventually leave for somewhere that won't be so destructive to their ERA.
Any Phils minor league experts on here who can give me some hope (or smash my dreams)?
"You should enter a ballpark the way you enter a church." - Bill Spaceman Lee