Smart team, but one that couldn't win

Posted: October 22, 2008

1999: If SAT scores mattered, these Phillies might have won more than 77 games. Penn grad Doug Glanville joined the team the season before. In 1999, he stroked hits from line to line. By the time the season was over, he had 204 hits, the second most in the league. Glanville's 149 singles were the most in the NL, but the Phils still finished 26 games back in the standings.

2008: These Phils are known around the league as a smart team. Jamie Moyer is one of the game's most cerebral pitchers, And if you're looking to bring the GPA up, there's always utility man Eric Bruntlett, who has a degree in economics from Stanford.

Jim Salisbury was the Phillies beat writer for The Inquirer in 1999.

Remembering 1999

Average price of a gallon of gas: $1.26.

Phillies' record: 77-85, third place.

Phillies' attendance: 1,825,337.

Phillies' first-round pick: Brett Myers, P.

Remember this? A new European currency, the Euro, is introduced. Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj is named the 11th ruler of Malaysia. (Friends call him Skippy.)

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