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Plan for 'patience' likely won't fly in Philly

Now that they've traded Bobby Abreu to the Yankees, the Phillies will have difficult time selling a rebuilding plan to their fans.

Originally Published: July 30, 2006
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- In hindsight, the Phillies sure blew it by refusing to hire Jim Leyland two years ago. But local fans were eager for a do-over when Pat Gillick, proven winner and architect of two world championships in Toronto, took over as general manager last November and outlined his mandate.

The challenge was this simple for Gillick: Find a way to squeeze five more victories and a playoff berth out of a team that won 88 games in 2005.

As confident as Gillick appeared at the time, four ...

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