Sunday, July 31, 2005

Will T.O. show?

Just when you thought it was safe to drive to Lehigh for Eagles training camp, Drew Rosenhaus told USA Today on Sunday night that there is a possibility wide receiver Terrell Owens will not report to camp today.

According to the story, Owens is scheduled to meet with Rosenhaus before he flies to Philadelphia this morning.

"At that time we will decide if he will report to camp," Rosenhaus said. "These things go back and forth. We're still deliberating. I'm not saying he won't report. I just don't know at this time. Ultimately, it will be his decision. He is the boss. I work for him."

Veterans are expected to be at camp by 7 p.m. for a meeting.

Pitching a shutout

For the third consecutive season, Phillies general manager Ed Wade has been in a position to make trade-deadline deals to better the team. In each season, he has failed to pull the trigger.

In 2003 and 2004, he was reluctant to give up on prospect pitchers Gavin Floyd and Cole Hamels as well as second baseman Chase Utley. All of whom were sought after by other teams. Utley has worked out fine, the pitchers are still projects.

What about 2005?

"We tried to find a deal that would improve our club and couldn't come up with one," said Wade on the Phillies website.

Sound familiar?

In 2003, the Phillies were 60-47 on Aug. 1 and went 26-29 the rest of the way to finish 15 games behind the Braves. In 2004, they were 53-51 and went 33-25 to finish 10 games behind.

Today, it feels like more of the same. The Phils are 55-51 and trail the Braves by 6 1/2 games and are behind the Nationals, Marlins and Astros in the wild-card chase.

For three seasons, the Phillies offense has been erratic and the starting pitching inconsistent.

What remains a constant is the general manager's inability to better his team at the trade deadline.