Philadelphia Phillies: Top 10 shocking 2020 season stats
By Matt Rappa
Ten statistics from the unprecedented 2020 Phillies season to remember.
The 2020 Philadelphia Phillies season was one for the record books in more ways than one. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the season was delayed from late March to late July, while fans were limited to being just cardboard cutouts instead of cheering on their favorite team in person.
Here are 10 shocking Phillies statistics that came about from the bizarre 60-game schedule.
10. Phillies Return to Buffalo, New York
The 2020 season brought many twists and turns that no one could have ever predicted once pitchers and catchers reported to Clearwater in February. Among them for the Phillies included playing regular season, Major League-level games in Buffalo, New York, for the first time since September 19, 1885. The Phillies were known as the Philadelphia Quakers then, and it was just the third year of their franchise’s existence.
The Phillies faced the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo just one day for a twin bill doubleheader on August 20. The Joe Girardi-led team lost both games, despite leading 2-0 in Game 1 and 7-0 in Game 2. The final scores were 3-2 and 9-8, respectively.
The games were moved from Canada to the western New York city due to the Canadian government barring the American League East team from playing at the Rogers Centre due to COVID-19 safety protocols.
In 2010, the Phillies hosted the Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park as the road team, with the designated hitter implemented. Hall of Famer Roy Halladay started one of the games. Back then, we thought the series was such an oddity for Major League Baseball. Then came the 2020 season.