Howard’s farewell Phillies’ top moment in ’16

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies hoped to see some improvement in 2016, moments that made them believe they were on the path to postseason contention again in the next few years.

They believe they are on that path.

“If someone had told me last October that this was where the franchise would be this September, I would have signed up for that 100 times out of 100,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Sept. 28 in Atlanta. “The performance of some of our young players, players like Cesar Hernandez, Cameron Rupp, Odubel Herrera, Jerad Eickhoff, Vince Velasquez and Hector Neris. I’m missing plenty of them. I’m not trying to single anybody out. I think that all suggests very positive things for the future.

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“On top of that, and this has been well documented, but just the performance of the Minor League system. Collectively, with the winning percentage, but also the performance of individual prospects, the accolades that those players have received, it would be hard not to look at this season as a real positive step in the right direction.”

But before the calendar officially turns to 2017, here is a look back …

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