Phillies Finish Their Worst Season Since 1972
The Phillies avoided ignominy in Sunday’s season finale against the Miami Marlins, winning 7-2 finish with only 99 losses. They’ve been around for 133 seasons, dating all the way back to 1883. Their last 100-loss season came 54 years ago in 1961, when the team finished 47-107.
In the three-division era, the worst Phillies team prior to this year was the 2000 team, which finished 65-97 (.401) with a -122 run differential.
The Phillies’ -183 run differential is the 19th-worst in team history and the worst in the three-division era. The previous low mark was held by the 1997 Phillies at -172.
On the bright side, finishing with the worst record in baseball at 63-99 netted them the first overall pick and $3.5 million more in slot money in the 2016 draft. They’ll be adding to a minor league system already brimming in talent.
On behalf of all of us here at Crashburn Alley, we want to thank you for stopping by throughout the season. Don’t delete us from your bookmarks, as we’ll be covering the Phillies’ off-season and doing our usual report card series to reflect on the past year.