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Gabe Kapler: “Our only goal is to win the NL East”

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On Episode 200 of “Hittin’ Season,” host John Stolnis talks to Phillies manager Gabe Kapler about early success, the challenges ahead, getting help at the Trade Deadline and balancing now vs. the future.

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Folks, it’s been 200 episodes.

Two-hundred episodes of “Hittin’ Season” (not counting the Patreon episodes which would push the number well over 200 by this point) is a lot, and I gotta say, I didn’t think it would go on for this long.

But, it’s because of you, The Good Phight audience and Hittin’ Season listeners, who have stuck with this site, the team and the podcast through a long rebuild, that the podcast has continued to thrive, and I thank you profusely for sticking with all of us. Especially now as we’re starting to reap the benefits of that suffering and patience.

This week, we have another milestone podcast, Episode 200. Last year, for Episode 100, we had Matt Klentak on the show, so we had to find another big guest for No. 200 and, thankfully, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was kind enough to join the podcast for his first interview on Hittin’ Season.

In the interview, we talked about...

  • Did Kapler expect the Phillies to be in a position to win the division at the All-Star Break
  • Aaron Nola’s emergence as a true ace starting pitcher
  • Trade Deadline season... in which areas must the team improve
  • How did Kapler manage to persevere through the criticism of the fanbase during the first week of the season
  • How long fans should give young players, i.e. J.P. Crawford, to prove themselves before giving up on them
  • Should we bring the DH back to the National League
  • There is no balancing act between developing players and winning the division... the ONLY goal is to WIN THE DIVISION.