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McCaffery: Strength in numbers can work for Phillies

Written by John Ralston on . Posted in Uncategorized

McCaffery: Strength in numbers can work for Phillies

PHILADELPHIA >> It was New Year’s Eve, 2015, when the door was kicked down. Soon, the rush inside would be consistent and frenzied. Soon, the Phillies’ strategy would be clear: If they were to recover as viable major-league contenders, they would do so with strength in pitching numbers.

At first, the idea seemed mild, with aged clubhouse irritant Marlon Byrd being moved in late December of 2014 to Cincinnati for a 23-year-old minor-league right-hander named Ben Lively.

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