Phillies named PSWA team of year

Phillies named PSWA team of year

Phillies named PSWA team of year
The 2011 Phillies were recognized as the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's Team of the Year, PSWA president Rich Westcott announced on Wednesday.

The Phillies, winners of 102 games and the National League East last season, will be honored at the PSWA's 108th annual Sports Awards Dinner on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012.

The Phillies received the distinction following a season in which they captured their fifth straight division title. Philadelphia was eliminated in five games in the NL Division Series by the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Headlined by a deep starting rotation led by Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, along with NL Rookie of the Year candidate Vance Worley, the Phillies posted a Major League-best 3.02 team ERA -- the lowest such mark in baseball since 1989. Halladay and Lee placed second and third, respectively, in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

The acquisition of outfielder Hunter Pence on July 29 sparked a Phillies offense that averaged a MLB-best 4.8 runs per game over the final three months of the season.

In the dugout, manager Charlie Manuel matched Gene Mauch for the most wins in franchise history (646).

It is the fourth time in five years that the Phillies earned Team of the Year honors, following 2007-08 and 2009. The NHL's Philadelphia Flyers were the 2010 recipients.

Jon Star is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.