Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Storylines to Watch in 2011

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Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Storylines to Watch in 2011
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The countdown to one of the most anticipated seasons in the history of the Philadelphia Phillies began this past week when pitchers and catchers reported to Clearwater.  There hasn't been this much excitement surrounding the Phillies in a very long time, if ever, and for good reason.

The expectations for this team are through the roof, as many are picking the Phillies to bring home another coveted World Series championship.  However, there will be many discussions and debates throughout the year, as this team will endure it's share of ups and downs, as all teams do over a marathon season.  They will be praised at times, second-guessed at times, but since the bulls-eye on their backs is bigger than ever, they will also be criticized more than any other team in the league.

Here are a few topics of conversation that will surround the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies:

 

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