5 Things the Phillies must learn from the Braves’ championship season

Nov 2, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker hoists the Commissioner's Trophy after defeating the Houston Astros in game six of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker hoists the Commissioner's Trophy after defeating the Houston Astros in game six of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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4. The Phillies need to get younger

The Phillies have developed a reputation for being unable to develop prospects. At least they know how to develop something.

But in what feels like an over-correction, they’ve got too many players on the wrong side of 30.

Last offseason, the Phillies signed too many veterans. Matt Joyce, Brandon Kintzler, Chase Anderson, Neftali Feliz, and Matt Moore are all between 32-36 years old. Most of them didn’t even last the full season.

And when the Phillies did make moves at the deadline, they added Kyle Gibson (33) and Ian Kennedy (36).

Kennedy, Andrew McCutchen, Hector Neris, Moore, Freddy Galvis, David Hale, and Miller are all 31 or older. Aside from McCutchen, whose option the Phillies could pick up, they are all free agents now, and should likely stay that way.

The Phillies need to overhaul their player development, which is already in progress, but also think younger at the big-league level.

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