Phillies legend Schmidt has seen this team torn down and rebuilt more times than he can remember, so there’s really no one better to ask of what the current construction project reminds him.

“The Kansas City Royals four years ago,” Schmidt said the other day without hesitation. “And I think we’re closer to the World Series than the Royals were then.”

Kansas City, building from within with young players, lost 90 games in 2012 and, of course, rose to beat the New York Mets last year to win its first World Series championship in 30 years.

“Just say I’m very impressed with the young talent here,” Schmidt, a spring training instructor, added after a workout on a cold, windy day at Bright House Field. “There’s a lot of energy.”

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