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Over the course of five seasons, from 2007 to 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies won 473 games, a .584 clip.
Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Ryan Howard emerged in the field. Cole Hamels rose from prospect to top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher, and Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee were prominent acquisitions.
After winning 102 games in 2011, Jonathan Papelbon was signed to solidify the bullpen with a top closer and give the Phillies a potent weapon at the end of games, with postseason heroics in mind.
2012 didn’t go as planned. Halladay was not his usual self, Cliff Lee lacked the run support to crack 10 wins despite a 3.16 ERA, and the formerly potent combination of Utley and Howard played a combined 154 games. 2013 was more of the same, only the wins fell once more to 73, their lowest total since 2000.
Pat Gillick gave way as general manager to Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel, near the end of 2013, was replaced with Ryan Sandberg, but the legacy of the Phillies remains in tact.
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