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Scott Rolen was unhappy, and who could blame him? His team was out of the race before it had hardly begun; from April 18 to April 30, the Phillies lost 10 of 11, dropped 10 games below .500, and were never a factor. Bowa could yell and scream all he wanted, but with a pitching rotation of Randy Wolf, Vicente Padilla, Robert Person, and Terry Adams, it was no use. In April and May, the team was okay at home (16-10), but worse than dreadful on the road (5-22). For the year, they scratched back to almost .500 (80-81), good enough for 3rd in the East, 21 ½ games behind Atlanta (101- 59).
Scott Rolen was unhappy and let everybody know it; he griped that Phillies management was not doing enough – he wanted to play for a winner. He did not realize that with a new ballpark just over the horizon, the Phillies were soon to make some important moves that would push the team to the top of the league; apparently nobody bothered to tell him. He was so angry at his manager that he failed to appreciate the significance of the debut performance of 21 year-old righthanded pitcher Brett Myers on July 24th at Wrigley Field in Chicago; Myers, built on the dimensions of Curt Schilling, threw eight innings of two-hit ball for his first major league win.
On July 29, Rolen was traded to St. Louis for Placido Polanco, Mike Timlin, and Bud Smith. On his way out of town Rolen announced that he felt like he had just been sent to baseball heaven.
In the first round of the June 4th amateur free agent draft, Ed Wade picked lefthanded pitcher Cole Hamels.
In December, Wade made three moves that might have pleased even Scott Rolen.
December 2 – Signed David Bell to a free agent contract.
December 6 – Signed Jim Thome to a free agent contract.
December 20 – Traded catcher Johnny Estrada to Atlanta for righthanded pitcher Kevin Millwood.