The Philadelphia Phillies are having quite the memorable season, but for all of the wrong reasons.
Coming into the 2012 campaign, you would find few so-called "experts" with the nerve to go against the grain and pick any team but the Phillies to win the National League East. They were carrying that level of expectation.
Of course, fast-forward a couple of months and the Washington Nationals are the talk of the division with the Atlanta Braves right on their doorstep. The Phillies, meanwhile, are battling the Miami Marlins to stay out of last place and looking forward to 2013.
That's right. How many people would have guessed that, at the beginning of August, the Phillies would be out of the postseason race and looking forward to next season?
With Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton all officially in the books as "former" Phillies, it's time for their replacements and the rest of the club to start preparing to come back strong next season.
One of the most vital ways to do so is to finish the 2012 season strong. Here's what each player needs to accomplish by the end of this year, with an eye on the future.