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Phillies Will Finish on the Plus Side

Phillies will have the third longest current streak of seasons over .500.

Phillies Will Finish on the Plus Side

(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

By being the first major league team to 82 victories, the Phillies will finish their ninth consecutive season with a record over .500. Only the Yankees (18 and counting) and the Red Sox (13 and counting) currently have more. And no one else is even close.

In fact, only six major league teams entered 2010 with a streak of three or more working:

Team     Yrs. 2011 Seasons      Last Non-Winning Yr.
Yankees 18 77-48      1993-2010 1992 (76-46)
Red Sox 13      77-50 1998-2010 1997 (78-84)
Phillies 9 82-44 2003-2011 2002 (80-81)
Rays 3 69-57 2008-2010 2007 (66-96)
Twins 3 55-72 2008-2010 2007 (79-83)
Cardinals     3 67-61 2008-2010 2007 (78-84)
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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