What do the Phillies need to do in 2018 to get a wild card?

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 14: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 14, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 14: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 14, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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MARYVALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 26: Gabe Kapler #33 poses for a photo during the Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Photo Day at Maryvale Baseball Park on February 26, 2008 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

Gabe Kapler must prove he is a capable Major League manager

If the team with the most physically fit manager wins the World Series, then the Phillies are shoo-ins in 2018. Kapler looks like a strength and conditioning coach with his chiseled physique. As a player, Kapler most the most of his career as a 57th round pick. Playing parts of 12 seasons with six teams, he hit .268 with 82 home runs, 386 RBI and a .749 OPS. Having last worked in the majors as Director of Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kapler has no managerial experience. He has has overhauled the coaching staff and with an undeniably quirky approach, it will be paramount that the players buy into Kapler’s system.

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