Jonathan Papelbon lays into Phillies: 'I didn't come here for this'

Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon walks from the clubhouse to the practice field...

Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon walks from the clubhouse to the practice field during a spring training workout in February. (REUTERS/Steve Nesius)

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Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon caused quite a stir before Sunday's 12-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers with some pretty candid comments.

"I definitely didn't come here for this," Papelbon told MLB.com after the team fell to 49-56, including going 1-8 on its current road trip.

In the interview with Todd Zolecki, the Phillies beat writer for MLB.com, Papelbon said that the organization could be in need of a cleaning.

"It's going to take, in my opinion, a lot," he said. "And in my opinion, I think it's going to have to be something very similar to what the Red Sox went through a couple years ago. From top to bottom."

When asked if he wanted to be a part of the changes in Philadelphia, Papelbon, who has blown five of his last 12 save opportunities, didn't hold back.

"No, I would like to stay here," he said. "But if I'm going to have to put up with this year after year, then no, I don't want to be here."

"Why would you? Why would anybody?"


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This isn't the first time that Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract prior to the 2012 season, has questioned the direction and leadership of the club.

In spring training, he made a big deal about what he saw as a lack of leadership among the club during its 2012 season that ended 81-81.

Earlier this season, he talked about poor fundamentals by his infielders after blowing his first save of the season.


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