Phillies: What defines success in the 2018 season?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI single against the New York Mets during the seventh inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 30, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI single against the New York Mets during the seventh inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 30, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 17: Starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff #48 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the first inning during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park on June 17, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /

Ryan Mulligan

For me a successful season is giving the fan base something to root for throughout the summer. While this will most likely insinuate an above .500 record, I think that the Phillies being competitive and within striking distance of the race should be their main goal.

If they carry the success they had towards the end of last year with young guys stepping up and filling their roles, they should be in most games. Mainly, towards the end of last year they were fun to watch. Secondarily, in accomplishing this, they would also likely be grooming their young players to reach their full potential.

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If the Phillies can be somewhat competitive during the summer and simultaneously create a foundation for years to come, I will consider it a success.

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