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December 16, 2009 | Staff and Wire Reports
The Phillies, according to a report, were among a large contingent of major league representatives to attend a bullpen session by former Cuban national team starting pitcher Aroldis Chapman in Houston yesterday. According to KRIV, Houston's Fox affiliate, the Phillies were one of approximately 15 teams to watch the lefthander throw. Chapman, 21, whose fastball reached speeds of 102 mph at this year's World Baseball Classic, topped out at 96 mph yesterday. Chapman left the Cuban team while at a tournament in the Netherlands.
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September 26, 2010 | The Inquirer Staff
Fans at San Diego's Petco Park witnessed something special Friday night: They saw Cincinnati Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman hurl a pitch clocked at 105.1 m.p.h. - the fastest pitch ever reliably recorded on the Pitch/FX system. Chapman did it in the eighth inning, striking out Tony Gwynn of the Padres. On Saturday, the Padres were still talking about Chapman throwing 25 pitches at or above 100 m.p.h., including three at 104 m.p.h. "That's as live an arm as I've ever seen," said Padres manager Bud Black, a former big-league pitcher.
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March 25, 2012 | Associated Press
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Ryan Madson, slated to be Cincinnati's closer after signing as a free agent in the offseason, will miss the entire 2012 season because of a torn ligament in his right elbow. The Reds said Saturday that team medical director Timothy Kremchek told general manager Walt Jocketty the ligament was torn from the bone of Madson's right elbow. Madson, who pitched for the Phillies from 2004 through 2011, agreed to a one-year contract guaranteeing $8.5 million with the Reds.
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November 8, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's possible the most intriguing free agent to hit the open market this offseason is going to be a player who the casual baseball fan has never heard of. Remember the name Yoenis Cespedes. He's 26, owns a home run record, and the team that signs him will not lose any draft picks. Cespedes is a centerfielder who defected from Cuba and is expected to be declared a free agent in the next month. In several stories on various websites, the Phillies have been mentioned as one of the teams interested in the young Cuban star.
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February 22, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
When the Phillies thought about acquiring closer Leo Nunez from the Florida Marlins last season, they presumed they would be dealing with a Mr. Nunez, Leo. But it came to light this winter that the player known as Leo Nunez actually was somebody legally named Juan Carlos Oviedo. Expected to report to camp on Tuesday with the rest of the Marlins staff, Oviedo remains in the Dominican Republic, trying to get a visa. Since he has to satisfy both the Dominican and U.S. governments, the Marlins are not sure when he may show up, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.
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September 13, 2012
The Reds are giving fireballing closer Aroldis Chapman a few days off to rest his tired pitching shoulder. The lefthander struggled with his control and hit only 96 m.p.h. on the radar gun Monday night during a 14-inning, 4-3 win over Pittsburgh. Normally, his heat is more in the range of 98 to 101 m.p.h. Chapman walked three of the five batters he faced in the 10th inning and had to be taken out during an inning for the first time this season. Afterward, he was examined and a tired shoulder was diagnosed.
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May 29, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things are getting chippy in the Buckeye State during the Cincinnati-Cleveland interleague series. Even the broadcasters are getting into it. Tom Hamilton, the longtime "Voice of the Indians" was incensed after Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman buzzed a couple of high-and-inside fastballs past Tribe slugger Nick Swisher in the ninth inning of Cincinnati's 4-2 win Monday. After the second pitch, Hamilton sounded as if he was ready to come out of the booth to brawl. "What you'd love to see Swisher do here is knock it right off the temple of Chapman and see how much fun it is to have a ball coming at your head," Hamilton said.
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October 9, 2010
Here are the last words from the Phillies' clubhouse late Friday after their 7-4 win over Cincinnati in Game 2 of the National League division series. Cuban Missile Crisis The Phillies' first encounter with hard-throwing Cuban lefthander Aroldis Chapman turned into an adventure - or, to be more precise, a series of misadventures for the Cincinnati Reds. Thanks to a hit batter, a fielder's choice that did not account for an out and two errors that led to two runs on the same play, the Phillies scored three times to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 lead against Chapman in the bottom of the seventh inning.
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April 11, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Cincinnati seems intent on breaking the mold for baseball's small-city teams. Owner Bob Castellini has concluded the only way to make the Reds a consistent contender is to spend to keep the team together rather than losing players through free agency. "You do that to build a franchise and a foundation for years to come," Castellini said. "So I don't [expect] to continue to have all these huge contracts. But you build your franchise on the people that are in that dugout and on that field.
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December 9, 2015 | By Matt Breen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NASHVILLE - Pete Mackanin laughed on Tuesday afternoon when a reporter asked if Ken Giles had a firm grasp on the team's closing duties or if the Phillies would enter spring training with an open competition. Giles, the manager said, is certainly still the team's closer. Mackanin liked what Giles had done last season. The fiery righthander excelled in the second half when the ninth-inning responsibilities were assigned to him. But, there's still a chance that the Phillies could enter spring training without Giles as their closer.
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November 16, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Closers like Ken Giles don't come along all that often. The Phillies flamethrower has been one of the most effective relief pitchers in the majors since his debut in June 2014. He is also still the youngest closer in the National League, the second-youngest in either league, and has accrued only one full year of major-league service time, meaning he is under team control for the next five seasons. But the reasons for excitement among Phillies fans regarding Giles, 25, are the same reasons the team should seriously consider trading their presumed closer of the future.
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June 5, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
RYNE SANDBERG could see it 2 years ago. Maikel Franco was 20 years old and in his first full camp with the team, but the then-future Phillies manager could sense what was coming. "Maikel just has an aura about him of having confidence and feeling comfortable," Sandberg said before last night's game. "And I've sensed that, really from the get-go. He just seems to be comfortable. I think he has confidence in his ability, and I think that goes a long way with him coming up big in the last couple of games in those moments that we haven't come up big. " Are some players just built for the big moment?
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June 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco had never before in person witnessed Aroldis Chapman and his triple-digit radar gun readings. The Phillies rookie had only ever seen the Cincinnati Reds closer pitch on television. "I just knew he throws hard," Franco said, smiling. That's apparently fine with Franco, a good fastball hitter. The 22-year-old third baseman belted a 98-m.p.h. Chapman heater for a game-tying three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth of an eventual 5-4, 11-inning Phillies win Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
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March 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Last spring, Ken Giles was the kid in the back corner of the clubhouse with the filthiest fastball in the Grapefruit League. Since he had never played above Class A, though, Giles was sent to minor league camp midway through March. But then he would become a cult hero in Baseballtown, striking out 51 percent of the batters he faced during a monthlong stay at Double A Reading. And then he moved along to Allentown, where Triple A hitters were sent into fits with his triple-digit heat.
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August 15, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ANAHEIM - The eyes began to open in Clearwater, Fla., 6 months ago. Ken Giles, the righthander armed with a triple-digit fastball, pounded the catchers' gloves, reshaping their leather with each pitch. He peppered their mitts with four-seamers that produced an audible pop every morning he threw. Anyone standing within a dozen feet or so couldn't help but look to see where that sound was coming from. When Giles departed for minor league camp in March, his first major league tryout over without a goal fulfilled, he had done enough to pique the interest of his first-year manager.
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May 29, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things are getting chippy in the Buckeye State during the Cincinnati-Cleveland interleague series. Even the broadcasters are getting into it. Tom Hamilton, the longtime "Voice of the Indians" was incensed after Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman buzzed a couple of high-and-inside fastballs past Tribe slugger Nick Swisher in the ninth inning of Cincinnati's 4-2 win Monday. After the second pitch, Hamilton sounded as if he was ready to come out of the booth to brawl. "What you'd love to see Swisher do here is knock it right off the temple of Chapman and see how much fun it is to have a ball coming at your head," Hamilton said.
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April 17, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - For 2 hours and 26 minutes Monday, the Phillies and Reds played sublime baseball. They exchanged dominant starting pitching, thrilling hits and breathtaking defensive plays. A 4-2 Reds victory ended when Aroldis Chapman fired a 100-m.p.h. fastball past Ryan Howard, and everyone could have used a lengthier distraction. Ben Revere wrote "PRAY For Boston" on a piece of tape, affixed it to the webbing of his glove, and made one of the most incredible catches in recent memory.
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March 1, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
SECOND BASEMAN Robinson Cano has received a "significant" offer from the Yankees, according to general manager Brian Cashman. "We've made an offer to him. We've made a significant offer to him," Cashman said Thursday, though he refused to elaborate. The GM was under the impression that managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner had said as much to reporters earlier in camp. But Steinbrenner merely disclosed that there had been a preliminary discussion with agent Scott Boras about his client.
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September 13, 2012
The Reds are giving fireballing closer Aroldis Chapman a few days off to rest his tired pitching shoulder. The lefthander struggled with his control and hit only 96 m.p.h. on the radar gun Monday night during a 14-inning, 4-3 win over Pittsburgh. Normally, his heat is more in the range of 98 to 101 m.p.h. Chapman walked three of the five batters he faced in the 10th inning and had to be taken out during an inning for the first time this season. Afterward, he was examined and a tired shoulder was diagnosed.
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