by Justin Adkins:
For the first time in the 127 year history of the franchise, the Phillies have finished the regular season with the best record in all of baseball.
Despite Sunday’s 8-7 loss in Atlanta, the Phillies finished with 97 wins, clinching the top spot. Going into the final day of the regular season, the next closest teams, the Yankees and Rays, were both at 95 wins.
“It means a lot to the franchise,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “Obviously it’s not nearly as important as having success in the playoffs, but it speaks a lot to the resiliency of the club and [manager] Charlie [Manuel’s] steady hand. And when you think about it, we really haven’t had typical years out of our everyday players.”
Of course, as of now, the only win total that matters is 11. Get that, and the Phillies will be the 2010 World Series Champions, a fitting finish for the best team in baseball.
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