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Morganti blasts Klentak for handling of Kingery

Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team
August 09, 2018 - 9:15 am

Scott Kingery is 0 for his last 20. The 24-year-old rookie is hitting just .223 on the season. 

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Al Morganti blames Phillies general manager Matt Klentak for Kingery's poor development. 

"I think Matt Klentak has done a great job for the most part," Morganti said on Thursday's 94WIP Morning Show. "He made the dumbest move I've seen by a general manager in years when this season started by keeping Kingery (in the majors). His decision to put Kingery on this roster with the money that he made was one of the dumbest decisions I've ever seen. Where was the downside to putting him in the minor leagues...and then bring him up if he's starting to hit? So instead what do you have? You now have the worst hitter in Major League Baseball, regularly in your lineup in the National League where you also have to bat a pitcher. So you have two automatic outs. And I'm talking automatic out. He's overmatched right now and he's going to be a good player."

Morganti says Kingery has to go down to the minors now. 

"Why (Klentak) decided to keep him up—and I'm convinced the manager—and God love the manager," Morganti said. "He's very ecstatic, he's optimistic, and he wanted to be bold. When you're the general manager you cannot listen to the noise. You have made good decisions. You've made great baseball decisions. You've been patient when you had to and for whatever reason you've made this decision with Kingery that has come back to just clobber you. Now, you've got (J.P.) Crawford coming back who's twice the on-base percentage of Kingery. What is the manager going to do? You have to send Kingery down just to get his swing in order. And now you're collared with a contract, for what? So in two weeks, you put three more people in the ballpark in April? It was ridiculously stupid!

"And bring him back in three weeks. He's going to be a good player!"