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The Phillies have clinched their first losing season since 2002

Sep 21, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

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Cole Hamels gave up six runs over seven innings last night as the Phillies lost 6-4 to the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. They fell to 71-82 on the year with the loss, clinching the franchise’s first losing season since 2002.

The Phillies finished 80-81 in 2002, which was followed by the best stretch of baseball in franchise history. This includes five straight NL East titles from 2007-2011, two World Series appearances, and one title. With an aging core and Charlie Manuel no longer at the helm, the Phillies find themselves in a period of transition, but interim manager Ryan Sandberg told John Finger of CSNPhilly.com that he is optimistic that the franchise will get back on the right track soon.

“It’s all part of going through this,” interim manager Ryne Sandberg said after the loss. “Sometimes it takes a losing season to build and start the process, and with that a lot of these guys have had a chance to play and gain experience and that’s where you start the rebuilding process. I think there are a lot of good things that have been going on the last few weeks.”

The Phillies are 18-15 since Sandberg replaced Manuel last month. He is expected to get the full-time job, though he may have a familiar face with him in the dugout next season.

  1. ch0psuey - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    And to think the best fan’s in baseball as well…

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Somewhere, Travis Lee is breathing a sigh of relief

    • xmatt0926x - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Ugg…… Travis Lee. What an absolute loser of a player. Talk about a reminder of how bad the franchise used to be.

  3. DonkeyStick - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    It was a good/fun run and now it’s time to rebuild…..no biggie. Mets = TERRIBLE, Braves = getting older, Nationals = OVERRATED, Marlins = ……..well, the Marlins. Should be able to contend in 2-3 years again.

  4. dstark9 - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    The writer spelled Sandberg’s first name wrong. It is Ryne, not Ryan.

  5. Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Clinchings can be emotional. Did any of them jump in the swimming pool afterwards?

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      I am sure that they drank a lot of beer rather than champagne.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Gator, no, because they are a classy bunch, they are waiting to get Sen, McCain’s permission first. Sadly, he’s playing games on his phone and cannot be reached.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        Is it too much to hope that he games online with the handle “Sen. Grouchy” and a Dbacks logo gravatar?

    • historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      I hope they got a consolation bag full of Amway products on their way out.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      Also, they could give each other celebratory swirlies.

  6. illbringdabeers - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    2008 Won the World Series
    -RAJ Takes Over-
    2009 Lost the World Series
    2010 Lost the NLCS
    2011 Lost the NLDS
    2012 Missed the playoffs (Finishing 81-81)
    2013 Missed the playoffs (first losing season in over 10 years)

    F*ck you RAJ

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