Originally written October 01, 2012 on Philliedelphia:
The Phillies have been eliminated from playoff contention and are fighting to finish the season with a winning record.  As the season winds down and I am realizing that I will have a lot more time on my hands than I have the last five years, one question remains:  Who will I root for this postseason?  To me, the choice is easy: Jim Thome and the Baltimore Orioles. When the Phillies signed Thome this offseason the Phillies fanbase was immediately excited.   When the Baltimore Orioles hired former Red Sox General Manager Dan Duquette to fill the same role for them, despite having not run a team since 2002, fans let out a skeptical laugh.  But despite the Phillies appearing playoff-bound and the Orioles being cellar-bound, the two swapped fortunes and one fan favorite along the way. Duquette made no sexy moves this offseason.  Some of Duquette's best moves were addition by subtraction and letting talented but underperforming players play.   The big free agent acquisition was ut...
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