The Philadelphia Phillies won five straight NL east titles between 2007 and 2011 and even won a world series in 2008.
But in the six seasons since, have not had a winning record and have finished dead last in that division three of the past four seasons.
Which is why it makes sense that when they hired their new manager yesterday, they went outside of their system.
Actually, they went well outside many a system as they hired former major league outfielder Gabe Kapler.
And while so many teams went for bench coaches this off season, Kapler instead has served as director of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2014.
Hey, considering the Dodgers are currently playing in the World Series and are have some of the best young talent in the game, seems like he was great at that job.
Of course, there’s a big difference between recognizing potential and getting player to play to it.
Kapler will be introduced at a news conference after the World Series ends.
Source: CBS Sports