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May 17, 2006
PHILLIES fans now adore Aaron Rowand. He's established himself as the ultimate team player, the hard way. He put himself in harm's way for the team, casting aside the inevitable pain. With the game on the line, his goal was to catch that fly ball from Nady's bat at all costs. Bravo! Can you imagine what the season would bring if all of the Phillies players took that quality on the field each and every game? I wish I had a squad full of Aaron Rowand-like soldiers during my tour in Vietnam.
SPORTS
February 19, 2006 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Chicago White Sox were supposed to be a fourth-place team. Better than the sad-sack Kansas City Royals, worse than everybody else. "Same old same old," said Phillies centerfielder Aaron Rowand, who spent his career with the Sox before they traded him and pitching prospects Gio Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood to the Phillies in November for Jim Thome and $22 million. "They said we didn't have enough offense. The pitching was pretty solid, but we didn't have enough in the bullpen.
SPORTS
June 17, 2007 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hate to start thinking about next winter just as summer is about to arrive. But have you seen that crop of centerfielders that could be available in the coming free-agent season? Andruw Jones, Torii Hunter and Ichiro Suzuki have a combined 21 Gold Gloves and 12 all-star berths. Although this threesome is clearly at the head of the class, there is another potential free-agent centerfielder who is making himself attractive with a strong 2007 season: Aaron Rowand of the Phillies.
SPORTS
April 30, 2006 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies are about to finish April with a thud. But have they hit bottom yet? The Phillies lost last night to the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, 3-2. The Pirates are the worst team in the National League but have won the first two games in this three-game series and have the opportunity to sweep the Phillies this afternoon with only Gavin Floyd in their way. "If you've given up on us, sorry," righthander Cory Lidle said....
SPORTS
March 23, 2012
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Aaron Rowand left Philadelphia more than four years ago after the San Francisco Giants lured him away with a five-year, $60 million contract that is finally going to expire this season. Speculation that the gritty outfielder could return to the Phillies seems to be almost as old. Consider it relevant again. One look at the Phillies' injury-riddled roster makes you realize it is a move at least worth considering. With Ryan Howard finally bootless but still recovering from Achilles tendon surgery and Chase Utley consulting a knee specialist, the Phillies are obviously a team with a lot of offensive holes.
NEWS
November 16, 2007
PHILLIES brass is telling us how our outfield will be fine without Aaron Rowand. Instead of taking the next step to a championship by adding pitching and keeping Rowand, they're going to stay almost good enough. Why can't they add in Rowand as a thank you to all of us who've filled the stadium every year? Go $10 million over budget to show us you care about a championship as much as we do. Keith E. Callan, Philadelphia
NEWS
August 24, 2006
AARON Rowand knows how to impress Phillie fans. Smash into fences. Crash into teammates. Rowand has paid a price for his misadventures: A broken nose and smashed face in May, out two weeks. And a broken ankle on Monday that'll keep him off the field four to six weeks. Between these painful moments, the former Chicago White Sox outfielder hasn't exactly been the most productive player in the lineup. But sometimes injury in the pursuit of glory can be the best redemption.
SPORTS
December 15, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
The Phillies and San Diego Padres are the leading contenders in the Geoff Jenkins derby, according to a report. "Things are definitely heating up with Philly and San Diego," Jenkins' agent Damon Lapa told FOXsports.com. "We are in active negotiations and offers are going back and forth. " If the Phillies move Shane Victorino to centerfield for Aaron Rowand, the lefthanded-hitting Jenkins could platoon with righthanded Jayson Werth in rightfield. Rowand, a free agent, signed a 5-year deal worth an estimated $60 million with the Giants on Wednesday.
SPORTS
May 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Two months ago, Aaron Rowand stood inside the home clubhouse in Clearwater, Fla., and gushed over Odubel Herrera. "Athletically," Rowand said, "he's off the charts. " Rowand had just finished an early-morning workout with Herrera in centerfield at Bright House Field. Herrera, the 23-year-old Venezuelan the Phillies took in December's Rule 5 draft, never played a game in the outfield in his first 487 games and five seasons in the Texas Rangers' minor league system.
SPORTS
June 12, 2007
THE PHONE CALLS usually follow something embarrassing. Paul Konerko fell on his face running out a ball in Toronto last week, and Aaron Rowand hit the speed dial on his cell phone. Rowand swung at a Tim Wakefield knuckleball this spring and it hit his elbow, and . . . "I got a few phone calls that day," Rowand said last night. Last night was about Jim Thome's return to the town he once owned. The way Aaron Rowand owns Chicago, right now. Yes, right now. As the Phillies prepared their interview room for the inevitable Thome news conference, Rowand stood in a hallway behind the home dugout and watched the crowd in front of him swell.
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May 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Two months ago, Aaron Rowand stood inside the home clubhouse in Clearwater, Fla., and gushed over Odubel Herrera. "Athletically," Rowand said, "he's off the charts. " Rowand had just finished an early-morning workout with Herrera in centerfield at Bright House Field. Herrera, the 23-year-old Venezuelan the Phillies took in December's Rule 5 draft, never played a game in the outfield in his first 487 games and five seasons in the Texas Rangers' minor league system.
SPORTS
March 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The list of guest instructors the Phillies have invited to spring training in recent years includes Hall of Famers (Mike Schmidt), Wall of Famers (Charlie Manuel) and World Series heroes (Brad Lidge). Many others are Phillies-lifer types, like Larry Andersen and Dave Hollins. But during Alumni Weekend last August, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. reached out to a former Phillies player who spent just two seasons with the team. Aaron Rowand accepted the invitation and arrived at camp on Sunday.
SPORTS
February 4, 2015
AFTER a year off the field, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt will rejoin a group of Phillies alumni as a spring training instructor in 2015. Schmidt leads a cast that includes former manager Charlie Manuel, Roy Halladay, Larry Andersen, Dave Hollins, Greg Luzinski, Dan Plesac and Aaron Rowand. This spring marks the first time both Plesac and Rowand will be in Phillies uniforms since their playing days. Plesac, an analyst on MLB Network, wrapped up his 18-year playing career as a member of the Phillies' bullpen in 2002 and 2003.
SPORTS
February 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and former manager Charlie Manuel will be joined by six other Phillies alumni serving as guest instructors during spring training, the team announced Monday. Aaron Rowand, the Phillies' centerfielder in 2006 and 2007, and Dan Plesac, a reliever with the team in 2002 and 2003, are first-time guests. Roy Halladay, Larry Andersen, Greg Luzinski and Dave Hollins will return as instructors for camp, which starts Feb. 19 with the first workout for pitchers and catchers.
SPORTS
March 23, 2012
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Aaron Rowand left Philadelphia more than four years ago after the San Francisco Giants lured him away with a five-year, $60 million contract that is finally going to expire this season. Speculation that the gritty outfielder could return to the Phillies seems to be almost as old. Consider it relevant again. One look at the Phillies' injury-riddled roster makes you realize it is a move at least worth considering. With Ryan Howard finally bootless but still recovering from Achilles tendon surgery and Chase Utley consulting a knee specialist, the Phillies are obviously a team with a lot of offensive holes.
SPORTS
February 2, 2012 | BY MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
Last in a series   MAYBE Jayson Werth knew what he was doing, after all. A year removed from his decision to take the money and run from the powerhouse Phillies to the power-starved Nationals, Werth's total postseason deficit is one crushing NLDS defeat at the hands of the Cardinals. And no, the Nationals will not have a Holy Trinity like Halladay, Lee and Hamels in their rotation. But, despite a purge of recognizable if unproductive veterans, they might have a formidable club.
NEWS
December 25, 2011 | By Sam Donnellon, donnels@phillynews.com
You hear it all the time. Philly likes its heroes dirty. We like our idols to wear their hearts on their sleeves, to show some emotion, tell a funny tale afterward, maybe even make an incendiary comment now and then. Do a face-plant into a wall as Aaron Rowand once did; play on two bad knees the way Dutch Daulton did; spit a wad of who-knows-what between your cheek and gum as you round third as Lenny Dykstra once did, and we'll understand when you bypass the autograph line on your way to the dugout every day. Take your beatings with no complaint or regret the way Michael Vick has, we might even work harder to forget your past.
NEWS
November 5, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eight years ago, the Phillies had to woo free-agent Jim Thome with a tour of their still-to-be-completed ballpark, a night out at a Flyers game, dinner at a fancy center-city restaurant and, of course, millions of dollars. This time, the courting was much easier. All the 41-year-old Thome wants is a chance to win his first World Series, and his old buddy Charlie Manuel manages one of the few teams with a terrific chance of fulfilling his career-long pursuit. It was no secret at the trade deadline last season that Thome wanted to return to the Phillies as the Minnesota Twins faded from the playoff race.
SPORTS
September 3, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - He won't call it a platoon, because Phillies manager Charlie Manuel believes in respect, and Raul Ibanez has earned that, in his eyes. But when John Mayberry Jr. started Friday for the 11th time in the last 12 times the Phils faced a lefthanded pitcher, the split in left field was evident. "Would I call it a platoon? Not really," Manuel said. "Because I look at Raul, he can hit lefties. " The numbers in 2011 say otherwise. Entering Friday, Ibanez and Mayberry had the same number of hits (23)
NEWS
September 2, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - He won't call it a platoon, because Phillies manager Charlie Manuel believes in respect, and Raul Ibanez has earned that, in his eyes. But when John Mayberry Jr. started Friday for the 11th time in the last 12 times the Phils faced a lefthanded pitcher, the split in left field was evident. "Would I call it a platoon? Not really," Manuel said. "Because I look at Raul, he can hit lefties. " The numbers in 2011 say otherwise. Entering Friday, Ibanez and Mayberry had the same number of hits (23)
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