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October 28, 2009 | By Andy Martino, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brad Lidge was searching. He thought he was supposed to be a baseball player, but it seemed like all he did was have surgery. Stranded in Kissimmee, Fla., relegated to rehabilitation, Lidge needed more. Drafted by the Houston Astros in 1998 after his junior year of college at Notre Dame, Lidge left school before graduating to start his minor-league career. But it hardly began before various ailments stalled it. While recovering from injuries to his pitching arm, Lidge followed his curiosity.
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January 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IN THE 24 HOURS since Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies dismissed Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews from the TV broadcast team, Brad Lidge's name was atop the list of new candidates rumored to be on Comcast's wish list. Lidge was first reported as a candidate by the Associated Press , which broke the changes in the broadcast booth story on Wednesday. USA Today reported yesterday that the former Phillies closer was a front-runner yesterday morning. Lidge's Philadelphia-based agent, Rex Gary, was well aware of the increasing whispers, so he gave his client a heads-up that he might have to answer to the queries.
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October 15, 2009 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Charlie Manuel said it many times this summer and fall, no matter how dark and confusing Brad Lidge's season became. The manager believed that Lidge was his most talented reliever and should be the one to close important games. Talk radio callers shrieked, bloggers blustered and columnists complained, but Manuel's belief in Lidge remained solid. And now, after the closer finished two one-run saves in the National League division series, looking meaner and more confident than he had since 2008, the question can be asked: Did Manuel fix Lidge in time for another World Series run?
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March 11, 2009 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It took a DVD to convince Brad Lidge that the World Series had actually happened. The experience itself moved so quickly, and with such intensity, that the pitcher could not trust his memories of it. "It happened so fast," Lidge said. "You're very locked in the moment, and the postseason just flew by. I don't know what to equate the experience to. The whole winter was remarkable, trying to reflect on everything. " The period of reflection ends today for Lidge, when the Phillies' closer sees his first game action of 2009 and begins the post-championship, post-perfect-season segment of his career.
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April 15, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brad Lidge announced his retirement during spring training and is pursuing a master's degree in archaeology from the University of Leicester in England. "It's a distance [online] program," Lidge said by phone from his home in Boulder, Colo. During the latter stages of his career with the Phillies, Lidge earned a degree in digging for answers when the life leaves your right arm, the same difficult course that two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay is trying to navigate now. "I think the greatest challenge, which is also the most frustrating part, is the length of time it takes to figure out what to do and how to get hitters out when you're not using Plan A anymore," Lidge said Saturday by phone from Boulder.
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June 19, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Part of the fallout from Washington's first rough stretch this season was what may be the end of Brad Lidge's career. The man who may have done more to win the World Series for the Phillies in 2008 than any other was shown the door by the Nationals on Sunday after blowing two games in two days. Lidge allowed three runs in Washington's 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Friday and was the losing pitcher on Saturday, giving up two runs in the 14th inning of a 5-3 defeat. "Brad wasn't performing very well," said general manager Mike Rizzo, with breath-taking understatement.
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September 13, 2009 | By Andy Martino Inquirer Staff Writer
The morning after Brad Lidge suffered his 10th blown save of the season, last Saturday in Houston, he walked down the left-field line for a pregame stretch with his teammates. In the ballpark where his first career downturn occurred, Lidge had been booed heavily the night before. The fans were needier of him when in close proximity. "Brad, can you sign?" they yelled. "Can we get an autograph?" Lidge smiled and waved. "I have to work right now, but I'll come back," he said, and later honored that promise.
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October 22, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Phillies closer Brad Lidge never let anything get in the way of his friendship with Tampa Bay reliever Dan Wheeler when they spent time together in the Houston Astros' bullpen. Even when Lidge was demoted in favor of his friend, the friendship remained strong. Quirky former Houston manager Phil Garner played musical closers with Lidge and Wheeler during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Three times, Lidge was demoted as closer because of his performance, and another time because of injury.
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June 14, 2010
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June 6, 2016 | Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
Because of its sports teams' futility in the early 1970s, Philadelphia was known as the City of Losers. Rick MacLeish and the Flyers helped change that image and started a renaissance on the Philly sports scene with their unexpected march to the 1974 Stanley Cup. MacLeish, 66, died Monday after battling numerous medical problems that hospitalized him for about nine weeks. In Flyers history, the magnitude of MacLeish's impact is not appreciated until you talk to his teammates.
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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.
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November 1, 2014
Brad Lidge had 48 saves in the Phillies' championship season of 2008 - 41 in the regular season and seven in the postseason. The wrong total was listed in a "Phlashback" item in Wednesday's editions.
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May 5, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies announced a change in their starting rotation because Cole Hamels has the flu. Hamels, who was supposed to start Sunday against Washington, has been pushed back to Tuesday, when he will face the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. Roberto Hernandez, who was slated to start Tuesday, will pitch Sunday. Kyle Kendrick will remain the starter Monday against Toronto. Manager Ryne Sandberg said Hamels reported that he didn't feel well Friday. At that time, Hernandez was available for relief duty, but the Phillies held him back.
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March 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BRADENTON, Fla. - Ken Giles wasn't on the bus headed for Pirate City yesterday morning. Instead, his locker in the home clubhouse at Bright House Field had been cleared of any personal possessions. When his spring training resumes, Giles will be in the cramped, less attractive confines of the minor league clubhouse at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. Giles, the relief pitching prospect with the 100-mph arm, was among the half-dozen Phillies players who saw their time in major league camp come to an end yesterday.
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March 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brad Lidge spends his retirement broadcasting a baseball radio show from his Colorado home and studying for his master's degree in Roman archaeology at the University of Leicester in England. For eight days, he will serve as a tutor to the many young relief arms in Phillies camp. "One of the biggest things I can help guys out with is talking about game plans," Lidge said. "When you're coming up, it can be a lot different than a guy who's already there and knows what he's doing.
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March 7, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brad Lidge was knee-deep in an ancient Roman bath last summer, about an hour north of Rome, when he uncovered a piece of history. "Probably 15 minutes into it," Lidge said, "I found this really cool ancient Roman coin. " Such is the retired life of Lidge, the team MVP of the 2008 world champions who bowed out of baseball after his right arm gave out in the seasons that followed his perfect, first season in Philadelphia. Lidge is getting his Master's degree in Roman archeology from the University of Leicester in England, taking online courses that also involve annual excavation excursions in Italy.
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January 24, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ROY HALLADAY and Brad Lidge, two recently retired former Phillies, will be in Clearwater, Fla., this spring to work as guest instructors at spring training. But the most famous, longtime guest instructor - and the best player in franchise history - will not be able to work on the field this spring. Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt will not take part in this year's camp while dealing with a health issue. Here's a statement from the team: "Mike is treating a health issue that requires him to remain near his doctors and will be unable to attend spring training as a field instructor this year.
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January 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IN THE 24 HOURS since Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies dismissed Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews from the TV broadcast team, Brad Lidge's name was atop the list of new candidates rumored to be on Comcast's wish list. Lidge was first reported as a candidate by the Associated Press , which broke the changes in the broadcast booth story on Wednesday. USA Today reported yesterday that the former Phillies closer was a front-runner yesterday morning. Lidge's Philadelphia-based agent, Rex Gary, was well aware of the increasing whispers, so he gave his client a heads-up that he might have to answer to the queries.
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September 9, 2013
CHECK OUT Jamie Moyer's fingernails when he signs a copy of the new book he co-authored with Larry Platt. If his fingernails are long and pointy, Moyer ain't retiring anytime soon, not until he's tried to come back one more time, this time as a knuckleballer. You can remind him he's 50, you can tell him that even though the pitch flutters, there is still serious strain on the arm to throw it, that most catchers can't catch it, that most managers dread its possible side effects. Tell him, but you'd be wasting your breath.
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