NEW YORK – He didn’t break any furniture or throw any chairs around the clubhouse, but Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg sent a pointed message to his players in a team meeting before Friday night’s game against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Sandberg spoke only briefly to the team. His message: Today’s a new day, but what happened the last four days against the Toronto Blue Jays was unacceptable. The Phils lost four times to the Jays by a combined score of 31-11. According to a source, Sandberg, a taskmaster and stickler for fundamentals and attitude, was irked by his team’s sloppy play and the way it went about its business against Toronto.
Sandberg confirmed that he spoke to his team, but had no further comment.
After Sandberg got a few things off his chest, the players continued the conversation in the closed clubhouse for about 10 minutes. One participant described it as “a good talk.”
Will the talk make a difference for the Phillies, who entered Friday night in last place in the NL East with a record of 15-18?