Phillies' '80, '08 WS teams in Dream Bracket 2

May 21st, 2020

PHILADELPHIA -- Baseball is not back yet, but while we wait for a potential return, we decided to see how some of the greatest teams in baseball history might fare against each other in a 64-team tournament. Why? Because we need baseball. picked two all-time teams from each franchise’s history, plus three Negro Leagues teams and the 1994 Expos. It was easy to select the Phillies’ representatives: the 1980 and 2008 World Series champions. The ‘80 Phillies lost to the ‘60 Pirates in Game 7 of a first-round set in the National League’s Region 1, while the ‘08 Phillies will play the ‘04 Cardinals in the first round of the NL’s Region 2 on Friday.

The simulated competition known as Dream Bracket 2: Dream Seasons, which will begin Thursday, is being produced by Out of the Park Baseball 21, Major League Baseball‘s most realistic strategy game (PC and Mac).

We just wrote about the 1980 Phillies and how it was that core’s final shot to win a World Series after losing in the NL Championship Series from ‘76-78 and stumbling in ‘79.

But a team that featured Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Pete Rose, Larry Bowa, Greg Luzinski, Bob Boone, Garry Maddox, Bake McBride, Tug McGraw and more caught fire down the stretch, beat the Astros in an epic five-game NLCS and disposed of the Royals in six games to win the first championship in franchise history.

The 2008 Phillies rode a high-powered offense led by Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard and the hot hand of Cole Hamels in the postseason to beat the Brewers in the NL Division Series, the Dodgers in the NLCS and the Rays in the World Series.

It was the city’s first professional sports championship since the 76ers won the NBA title in 1983. Philly partied like it, too.

Select game simulations will be streamed live on, MLB Network and MLB Twitch channels. MLB Network’s Scott Braun and Jon Paul Morosi will provide play-by-play analysis for the livestreamed games.