With the Phillies taking part in what would become a down-to-the-wire divisional race, McCarver was signed on September 1, 1980 to return as a player. He would serve as a veteran voice in the clubhouse, a lefty pinch-hit bat, and emergency insurance at first base and catcher.
Trea Turner appears clear Phillies target as free agency opens
Trea Turner would be the best fit for the Phillies when considering his actual value as a ballplayer and factoring in a likely smooth transition into what is a great current clubhouse chemistry mix. He would appear, at this point, to be the perfect match.
Phillies entering a watershed 2020-21 off-season
If the Phillies succeed in bringing back the top catcher in the game, then the ball club can look towards another shot at contending in 2021. If that effort fails, the questions will only become greater as the winter moves along.
Time for Phillies to kick Andy MacPhail to the curb
Basically, Andy MacPhail has done with the Philadelphia Phillies what he did with both the Cubs and Orioles - lost. Speaking of lost, it is time for John Middleton to admit his own mistake in this hiring and tell MacPhail to get lost.
Pivotal Phillies off-season holds a number of looming questions
There is no way to overlook the fact that the Phillies have their work cut out for them this off-season. Strap in for the long haul on this one, boys and girls. It promises to be a wild ride.