Coming up at #19 is the Philadelphia Phillies which is 2 slots higher than last season. The Phillies rose despite pulling what I consider a move with very little class, the firing of Charlie Manuel with a month to go in the season. I am a firm believer in not changing your manager in mid-season, unless it is early enough for you to still make a run. The Phillies were pretty much eliminated from the race when Manuel was fired in mid-August after a long losing stretch. It was obvious that this season was going to be Manuel's last and the man had won only the second World Series in team history. He deserved to go out on his own terms and Ryne Sandberg deserved to start his tenure with the team under more favorable circumstances. This move was completely classless and if it weren't for the Marlins Fire Sale Part 3 would be considered for worst move of the year. So why did the Phillies move up my list if they are so evil? Well, simply because I like Ryne Sandberg quite a bit. However, the Phillies would have probably jumped up to about #9 or #10 without such a boneheaded maneuver from management. Let's take a look at some trivia.
PHILLIES TEAM TRIVIA
# of players to play in a Phillies game (1993-2013) - 408
# of those players to have a Phillies card (as of today) - 305
% of Phillies players to appear on a Phillies card - 74.8%
Big names left out - Jim Deshaies, Jose Hernandez, Todd Jones
# of new Phillies in 2013 - 21
Total # of Phillies in 2013 - 51
position on last year's list -- #21 = UP 2
Let's take a look at the first half of the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies with the team card leading the way.
I'll be back tomorrow with Part 2.
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