Bob Brookover: J.T. Realmuto’s return strengthens Phillies defense, which is a huge team weakness

The Phillies’ pandemic-shortened 2020 season had only been over for a few minutes and Joe Girardi was asked to analyze why it had gone so wrong and what needed to improve to make sure the team’s abject failure was not repeated in 2021. “There are things we definitely have to get better at,” the manager said. Predictably, Girardi pinned a good portion of the blame on his historically bad bullpen, an acorn that could have been uncovered by every blind squirrel on the planet. But, perhaps out of the goodness of his heart, he did not mention his beleaguered relief corps first. Instead, he took a s…

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