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March 26, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Seattle Mariners said they will not put catcher Ben Davis on the disabled list. Davis, a graduate of Malvern Prep, has a pulled oblique muscle in his right side. Davis was acquired by the Mariners in a trade with San Diego on Dec. 11 to be Seattle's backup catcher. Cardinals. Starter Rick Ankiel has a strained left elbow that will sideline him indefinitely. Rangers. Closer Jeff Zimmerman is expected to start the season on the disabled list after tests confirmed that he has tendinitis in his right elbow.
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February 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Former major-league catcher Ben Davis, a Malvern Prep graduate and West Chester resident, will join the Phillies' broadcast team this season as the third member in the booth, Comcast SportsNet announced Thursday. Davis and second-year broadcaster Matt Stairs will provide color commentary alongside play-by-play man Tom McCarthy. Davis replaces Jamie Moyer, who opted not to return for a second season in order to spend more time with his family on the West Coast. The other finalist for the job, former Phillies shortstop Kevin Stocker, turned down the position, several sources told The Inquirer.
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February 26, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There's not a player or coach in Phillies camp, Ben Davis said, who does not think the team can be successful this season despite being widely predicted to finish last in the National League. "Baseball players are just built differently," said Davis, who is entering his first season as one of the team's broadcasters. The former second overall draft pick from Malvern Prep makes his broadcast debut March 3 when the Phillies host the New York Yankees in the Grapefruit League opener.
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July 6, 2010 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ben Davis signaled fastball, and the pitch whizzed through the air, tailed right, and smacked the mitt. Davis flashed the slider sign, and the ball moved straight and then bent and dipped, settling into the glove just before touching the ground. On a minor-league field on the Camden riverfront, the Ben Franklin Bridge peering over the outfield wall, the bullpen session went on. Davis, the former Malvern Prep catcher, called the pitches, just as he had done so many times since he was the No. 2 pick in the 1995 major-league draft.
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July 4, 1994 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It was one of those questionnaires people fill out, send in, and forget. But this one turned out to be different. In early June, Ben Davis got a response: He had been accepted to participate in the U.S. Junior Olympic Festival in St. Louis as one of 64 high school baseball players from across the country. Davis, who lives in Aston and will be a senior at Malvern Prep in September, will be a member of a 16-player team that will represent the East, which covers a 15-state region from North Carolina to Maine.
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August 15, 1999 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just 22 years old, with less than two months in the big leagues, Ben Davis already has the sun-splashed citizenry of San Diego abuzz. After just one month in town, Davis filmed his first TV commercial. "They had him running down the beach with about 20 girls chasing him," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said with a laugh. "He's kind of a matinee idol," Padres manager Bruce Bochy noted. The Padres would not care about his marketing potential if they didn't believe that Davis, who grew up in Aston, Delaware County, was realizing his baseball potential.
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September 26, 1995 | By Brian Freeman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Ben Davis has been called a can't-miss baseball prospect. He is coming off his first professional season, during which he was named the Pioneer League's all-star catcher. One major-league executive says he could catch in the big leagues right now. You would expect the former Malvern Prep star and Aston resident to be living in a fancy condominium, driving a spiffy car, and enjoying all the spoils of being a professional athlete. So what in the name of Deion Sanders was Davis doing in his parents' garage over the weekend with a paintbrush in his hands?
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July 20, 2003 | By Gene D'Alessandro FOR THE INQUIRER
Ben Davis was less than a year old and struggling. When most babies are plopping and flopping, bounding toward their first solo steps, Ben was unable to sit up, unable to lift his head. Neen and Dave Davis had taken their son to neurologist after neurologist and heard the grim consensus: Ben Davis would never be able to learn. Last month, Davis graduated from Chapel Haven, a special-education and independent-living program in Connecticut, where for two years he lived in an apartment-style dormitory, prepared his own meals, and worked at several jobs.
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June 2, 1995 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Sam Carchidi contributed to this article
Ben Davis of Aston, Delaware County, sat in a rocking chair and smiled when he learned he was the second player chosen in the major-league baseball amateur draft yesterday. Family members, scattered throughout his house, went misty-eyed when the call came from the San Diego Padres. Davis, a catcher at Malvern Prep, was the first high school player in the nation selected. No player from the Philadelphia area has been drafted higher. "It's overwhelming," said Bill Davis, Ben's father, a sixth-grade teacher.
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February 26, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Since the Phillies completed their second consecutive 89-loss season in September, the whispers of clubhouse discontent grew louder with each passing month. Manager Ryne Sandberg acknowledged last month there were issues, and veteran outfielder Domonic Brown brought it up on Monday. Yesterday, the first day of full-squad workouts in Clearwater, the second-year manager did what all major league managers do before the official start of a season. He gathered the team in the clubhouse for a meeting at 9:45 a.m. and delivered a speech about what he expects this spring and summer.
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February 26, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There's not a player or coach in Phillies camp, Ben Davis said, who does not think the team can be successful this season despite being widely predicted to finish last in the National League. "Baseball players are just built differently," said Davis, who is entering his first season as one of the team's broadcasters. The former second overall draft pick from Malvern Prep makes his broadcast debut March 3 when the Phillies host the New York Yankees in the Grapefruit League opener.
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February 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Former major-league catcher Ben Davis, a Malvern Prep graduate and West Chester resident, will join the Phillies' broadcast team this season as the third member in the booth, Comcast SportsNet announced Thursday. Davis and second-year broadcaster Matt Stairs will provide color commentary alongside play-by-play man Tom McCarthy. Davis replaces Jamie Moyer, who opted not to return for a second season in order to spend more time with his family on the West Coast. The other finalist for the job, former Phillies shortstop Kevin Stocker, turned down the position, several sources told The Inquirer.
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February 20, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
SO, DID you hear the big news? Ben Davis has been added to the Phillies' broadcasting booth. Oh, and the other big news? The Eagles cut James Casey. OK, OK. Here's the part that struck me the most about Sam Hinkie's trade yesterday of Michael Carter-Williams for yet even more draft picks: His boss isn't flinching. And Josh Harris is willing to take all the public-relations hits that his general manager can dish out with one after another unpopular, eyes-to-the-future deal.
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February 5, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fran Blanche took one look at the curvaceous 1960s Westinghouse radio and made her diagnosis. "I can tell you right now, it's fixable," she said as she pried the plastic housing apart for a closer look. Greta Alexander, of Northern Liberties, was relieved. She had been trying to get it working for a while. But everyone told her to just get a new one. "But that's not the point," she said. Lost causes were welcome at the Philly Fixers Guild's third Repair Fair, held Saturday at Memphis Street Academy in Port Richmond.
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August 22, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
AS MANY AS 35,000 people trekked to see the latest episode in Taney Little League's destiny run last night, fueled by ESPN's blanket coverage and the appearance of star pitcher Mo'ne Davis on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, and fueling further adulation and, yes, unease. The concern that this is too much too soon is well-meant. But if I've learned anything as a parent helping to raise three children to adulthood, it is that as much pressure is felt during an untelevised regional spelling bee or debate at that age as there is a televised game.
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June 25, 2012 | By Ted Silary, Daily News Staff Writer
Change is good, folks say. Yeah, but how 'bout when it's not justified? On this page (or sliver of the Internet), you will find the Daily News 35-year all-star baseball team, which includes players from the Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac leagues. What you won't find, if you search-engine the 30-year team we picked at the conclusion of the 2007 season, is that there has been any change at the top. The Top Pitcher for the Little More Than One-Third of a Century Squad, just as he was for the Almost One-Third of a Century Squad, is Mark Gubicza, a 1981 Penn Charter graduate In his senior season, Gubicza posted an 8-1 record with an 0.48 earned run average.
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April 16, 2011 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ben Davis, the former Malvern Prep star whose pro baseball career spanned 16 years in the major and minor leagues, and 60 feet, 6 inches of turf and dirt, has retired. The strong-armed catcher was drafted by the San Diego Padres with the second overall pick in 1995, and he played with three major-league teams from 1998 to 2004, batting .237 in 486 games. He was with eight minor-league clubs after that. Davis' hitting woes continued in the minors, and he converted into a pitcher after Baltimore cut him in 2008.
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January 8, 2011 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
Ben Davis stumbled out of the bathroom of an underground Center City complex on Thursday after being stabbed six times during a robbery attempt, but all he could think about was how his wife would react. "I was bleeding a lot and she said, 'don't close your eyes,' " Davis, 65, told the Daily News as he sat in a chair inside of a Thomas Jefferson University Hospital room yesterday. Davis' left ear and the right side of his forehead were slashed. A thick piece of gauze covered the crease of his right hand between his thumb and forefinger where he had been stabbed.
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