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No. 49: Philadelphia Phillies

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 6, 2012, 5:52 PM ET
By Max Klinger | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 24 Title track: 18 (tie) Ownership: 27 Coaching: 52 Players: 39 Fan relations: 30 Affordability: 77 Stadium experience: 5 Bang for the buck: 108 It seemed like the Philadelphia Phillies' salad days would never end. From 2007 to 2011, they hoisted five division titles, twice had the best record in baseball and won a World Series. Whenever it seemed the fire was fading, they would stoke the flames with a big trade, nab a sought-after free agent or fall back on homegrown talent. ...

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