Top ten Philadelphia Phillies teams in franchise history

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 12: Former Phillies third baseman and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt speaks during a ceremony with Phillies alumni before a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 12, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 3-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 12: Former Phillies third baseman and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt speaks during a ceremony with Phillies alumni before a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 12, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 3-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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2 – 2008 (92 – 70, World Series Champions)

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The second Phillies team to win a World Series also ranks second on this list.  They ranked first, second or third in five offensive categories. Ryan Howard belted 48 home runs with 146 RBI, while Chase Utley and Pat Burrell each deposited 33 in the seats. Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino combined to swipe 83 bases. On the mound, Cole Hamels won 14 and dominated in the postseason, while the ageless Jamie Moyer led the team in regular season wins with 16. Closer Brad Lidge was lights out, converting all 48 save opportunities including the postseason. He finished the regular season with 41 saves and a 1.95 ERA. He struck out Eric Hinske to end the World Series, the same way Tug McGraw ended the first title for the franchise 28 years prior.

1- 1980 (91 – 71, World Series Champions)

The club that gave the city the first championship in history lands number one on the list.  The statistics for this team aren’t as impressive as some of the other teams on this list. However, it’s hard to argue against a team that featured the best third baseman in MLB history and best pitcher in franchise history (and one of the best of all time).  Mike Schmidt led the league in HR and RBI with 48 and 121, respectively. Pete Rose added 64 RBI and .282 average, while Bake McBride had 87 RBI and a .309 average. Schmidt, Rose, and Carlton were All-Stars, while Schmidt and Maddox won Gold Glove Awards. Carlton won the Cy Young Award with 24 wins, 19 complete games, 304 innings and 284 strikeouts. Closer Tug McGraw had a very slim 1.46 ERA and struck out Willie Wilson to bring home the first title in franchise history.

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