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Rise and Phight: 10/4/2021

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And now, we slumber

Philadelphia Phillies v Miami Marlins Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

The offseason has begun for the Phillies. Missing the playoffs yet again, they were lucky to not be placed atop the list of longest playoff droughts in the game thanks to the Mariners missing the playoffs as well. The coming offseason offers a lot of uncertainty, not only from a team standpoint, but from a league standpoint as well thanks to the CBA negotiations currently going on.

One thing that is for sure is that there are many, many areas of the team that can be improved. You’ve heard from our podcast that there are several positions that can stand to get better, but there are also other ways as well. How will they improve defensive coaching? What will happen with the player development program? How can they make sure players that did take a step forward in the minor leagues can continue to get better? This offseason offers a chance to step back, take a good hard look at why this team continually underachieves and try to get about fixing it. Missing the playoffs in 2022 is not an option; it is the clearly stated goal for them. They cannot waste another season of Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola’s prime. Doing so would be a waste of money.

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