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Amaro: Phillies weren't best team in 2008

Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:30 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 2:00 pm
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Were the Phillies the best team in baseball the last two years, despite not winning the World Series?

Perhaps, but what about in 2008, when they did win it?

"The team in 2008 that won the World Series was not the best team in baseball," a National League general manager said this week.

Not just any NL general manager, either. It was Phillies GM Ruben Amaro.

"Things fell right, and we were fortunate that Tampa Bay beat Boston. Frankly, I didn't like the matchup of the Phillies and Boston."

The 2008 Phillies won 92 games, fifth in the majors behind the Angels, Rays, Cubs and Red Sox.

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Since: Apr 13, 2012
Posted on: April 15, 2012 3:06 am

Amaro: Phillies weren't best team in 2008

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:23 pm

Amaro: Phillies weren't best team in 2008

The Marlins led the division for more than half the season until Fredi Gonzalez led them to an epic collapse.
2008, 2009, 2010, AND 2011. Same story. Fredi Gonzalez is part of 4 straight teams who collapsed in the second half. 3 with the Marlins and 1 with the Braves. 2012 will probably be no different.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:16 pm

Amaro: Phillies weren't best team in 2008

Amaro is a great GM, and phillies are a dynasty with a really likeable group of players

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 3:29 pm

Amaro: Phillies weren't best team in 2008

C'mon. I agree with the point that there's a difference between being good and being a champion (especially in baseball), but that 2008 Phillies team had playoff rocks like the sport has scarcely seen. They could have clubbed all four teams they didn't face after the Rays just for good measure. Which, again, wouldn't make them the better team necessarily, but they would still be holding up the trophy.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 3:02 pm

Amaro: Phillies weren't best team in 2008

Proving once again there's a difference between being the best and being the champion. I'd rather be the champion.

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