It's fair for all Philadelphia Phillies' loyalists to wonder how many seasons it will be until they see their summer boys play fall ball again. While the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers vie to compete in the 2013 World Series, red pinstriped nation waits, hopes and worries about the short- and long-term future of Philadelphia's baseball team.
Countless organizational detractors bashed Charlie Manuel throughout his entire run. But, many Phillies' fans knew that he helped to manage the culture of his times.
Ryne Sandberg surely seems to be the right man for this new age. Unless he performs inadequately, 'Ryno' seems likely to at least play out each year that remains on his new contract.
With less than a majority of the 25-man roster worthy of being called 'playoff-caliber', hopes for this rebuilding team's next postseason push can't be categorized. If general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. is able to generate his own off-season luck and subsequently see a number of veterans maintain their health next season, the Phillies should move above the .500 line in 2014. However, that regular season state would still see this formerly elite franchise floating somewhere in purgatory.
Possibly enough past diamond sins will be able to be resolved within the next few years. If that price can be paid, another 'Red October' could be seen again.