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August 26, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
TO MANY in baseball, Pat Gillick's hire as the Phillies' general manager in late 2005 signaled impending doom for the brief tenure of manager Charlie Manuel. It was just a matter of time before he would be replaced, until the savvy Gillick could get a lay of the land and bring in one of those big-name managers for whom everyone clamored. And when Gillick's first move was to trade Manuel's protégé, Jim Thome, to the White Sox? Well, you probably couldn't even have found a bookie to take a bet on ol' Chuck after that.
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August 21, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
EVERYONE KNOWS Chase Utley has uttered some memorable lines: "World [bleeping] champions," was the way he described his team to the tens of thousands who gathered at the parade for the Phillies in 2008. "Boo? [Bleep] you!" was his response to the jeering welcome he got at Yankee Stadium at the 2008 All-Star Game. But there have been some great quotes about Utley too. No one will ever top Harry Kalas' "Chase Utley you are the man!" But here are some other noteworthy quotes that have been said about Utley over the years: * Charlie Manuel: "You try telling Chase to take a day off and he has this look like you just killed his mother.
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August 12, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
A FEW FRIENDS were speaking excitedly about the Phillies over the weekend and my non-sports-fan wife asked this: "So, can they still make the playoffs?" Not exactly, she was told. But they're not in last place anymore! She was not impressed. "When do the Eagles start?" she asked. And therein lies our collective civic dilemma. What, exactly, are the Phillies playing for? What, exactly, are we watching? The birth of a new, young, exciting team? Or the kind of fool's gold that those good Phillies teams of the last decade often ran into at this time of the year?
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August 6, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Before the Phillies threw open the gates and granted him his requested release, freeing him to play for a contending team, Jimmy Rollins delivered a dose of reality to Ruben Amaro Jr. that in time Amaro probably tired of hearing. Over his 15 seasons with the Phillies, for all the times he coasted out of the batter's box or arrived late to the ballpark or just let his intrinsic swagger get the better of him, Rollins still came away with the highest respect for his second and third managers in the majors: Larry Bowa and Charlie Manuel.
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July 21, 2015 | BY JOHN SMALLWOOD, Daily News Staff Writer smallwj@phillynews.com
THE VISUALIZATION wasn't working. Yesterday, the Phillies started their annual "Christmas in July" promotion when they ask fans to bring new, unwrapped toys to be donated to the Police Athletic League and Carson Valley Children's Aid - the toy drive, by the way, continues through the three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays that ends on Wednesday. Still, while Christmas music blared between innings, thoughts of December frost and snowflakes could not erase the fact it was one of the hottest days of the year, 95 degrees and rising.
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July 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - Jimmy Rollins entered the first Monday after Independence Day hitting .208. It's the first time he's flirted with the Mendoza line this late into a season since 2009, when he was hitting .212 on the summer holiday, about a week after Charlie Manuel benched him in Toronto in an attempt to wake up his slumping bat. The Phillies went to the World Series that season, however. The Phillies will not be going to the World Series this year. Before playing against his former team for the first time in his 16-year major league career, and hitting ninth in the lineup for first-place Los Angeles, Rollins sat in the dugout at Dodger Stadium and was flooded with questions about his former franchise.
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June 29, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the Chicago Cubs bypassed Ryne Sandberg for a managerial vacancy immediately after Sandberg had been voted the triple-A Pacific Coast League's manager of the year for that organization in 2010, the back-channel reason given was that the Cubs didn't want to be in the position of having to fire a franchise legend. What general manager Jim Hendry, a protege of former team president Andy MacPhail, didn't explain, however, was why the Cubs were so sure they would have to. Sandberg never got the opportunity to be a franchise legend with the Phillies, the team that drafted him in 1978, but it is where he did get his chance to manage a major-league team, such as it was. That tenure ended Friday, when Sandberg resigned his position 22 months after replacing Charlie Manuel.
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June 28, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg could see the Phillies' future and he knew it did not include him. Given those circumstances, the manager accused of lacking the communication skills necessary to do his job at the big-league level decided to relay a clear and surprising message to his bosses when he arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Friday at about 10 a.m. The Hall of Fame second baseman took the elevator up to the executive offices and informed general manager Ruben...
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June 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FIVE WEEKS AGO, the Phillies began a Memorial Day weekend series in Washington. After taking batting practice at Nationals Park on the first day, they complained about the slow jams - slow, sappy music - their National League East opponents had played through the stadium's speakers during visiting batting practice. So, yesterday, when Washington came to South Philly for the first time since the two teams last met, the Phillies returned the favor. Bluegrass music during Nationals batting practice.
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June 28, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
A stoic, old-school manager, Ryne Sandberg showed some emotion Friday in his last day with the Phillies. Sandberg, 55, arrived at Citizens Bank Park at 10 a.m. and then dropped a bombshell on his bosses: He was walking away from this season of endless frustration and consistent losing. Third base coach Pete Mackanin was named the interim manager, the third time he has been in the position. With a 26-48 record entering Friday, the Phillies had the worst mark in Major League Baseball, and the pain from managing a team that last produced a winning season in 2011 was clearly evident.
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