Wagner deal to have ripple effect

Closer Billy Wagner could be the missing piece that completes the Phillies' championship puzzle.

Updated: November 4, 2003, 2:43 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- If the Philadelphia Phillies had a closer like Billy Wagner this past season, the video clips you saw last week of the World Series victory parade might not have been coming to you from beautiful downtown Miami.

"If the Phillies had had Billy Wagner this season," a longtime National League scout said Monday, "the Marlins wouldn't have won the World Series -- because they wouldn't have won the wild card. The Phillies would have won it."

And it practically was ...

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