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25 Things to Watch Very Closely at the Phillies Spring Training Camp

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25 Things to Watch Very Closely at the Phillies Spring Training Camp
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It's time to blow the dust off of that old microscope that you keep locked away in a cardboard box somewhere in your basement or attic—you're going to need it to follow all of the Philadelphia Phillies storylines this spring. 

Gone are the days where the Phillies arrive in Clearwater, Fla. with a roster that is neatly filled in and camp is merely players taking the necessary repetitions to prepare for a full regular season. That would be a fantasy camp for Phillies players this spring. 

Instead, fate will stack the road with every obstacle that you can think up: Position battles, age, injuries, inconsistent performances, surprises, bad decision making, etc. With the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves only getting better, the Phillies are under more pressure this spring than in any other recent season. 

Still can't find that microscope? Don't worry about it. Allow this slideshow to be a primer for all of the nuances and storylines of Phillies spring training that you should be following when camp opens in just a few weeks.

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