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March 2, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The latest 3-hour workout was nearing an end when the two veteran hitters dropped their gear and prepared for the last drill of the day, a short agility exercise. Jeff Francoeur stopped in between reps and broke out into some kind of crawling crab character. The dozen players around him busted out in laughter. Ryan Howard's was the loudest, the kind of belly laugh that sends your balance off. "It seems like every time I look at him, he's got a few guys around him," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Francoeur.
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February 27, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jeff Francoeur leaned against the batting cage on Wednesday morning and stood next to Charlie Manuel as another Phillies player took his swings. The former Phillies manager and his newest pupil talked about Manuel's favorite subject: the art of hitting. Francoeur said one of the main reasons he joined the Phillies for spring training was to have a chance to work with Manuel. The two often spoke when Francoeur played with Atlanta. Manuel reminds Francoeur of Braves manager Bobby Cox. They're both old-school guys, Francoeur said.
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February 27, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard pulled on his Phillies windbreaker and picked up a pair of bats. Charlie Manuel asked him where was going. To the field, Howard said. It was the end of the first baseman's second-straight day of facing live pitching. "I know you want me to keep hitting, but other guys have to hit, too," Howard said. Manuel joined manager Ryne Sandberg behind the batting cage on Wednesday to watch Howard, the star attraction of hitting group No. 3. Howard started his morning hitting Manuel's pitches in the indoor batting cages.
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February 27, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard playfully joked with reporters for a minute inside the clubhouse at Bright House Field yesterday. But he's apparently still not ready for a question-and-answer rap session. During his first 4 days of camp, Howard's focus has been on prepping himself for the upcoming season. Perhaps he should have the Phillies print out T-shirts with the Teddy Roosevelt message, "Speak softly and carry a big stick. " Howard has been working diligently this week with former manager Charlie Manuel, a spring training hitting instructor, in the indoor cages and on the field to improve his hitting approach.
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February 25, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard was the can't-miss at-bat. When the Phillies first baseman stepped to the plate, you had to watch because his power potential was so intoxicating. You never knew when a baseball might crash into the bricks in center field at Citizens Bank Park. Now, he is the guy that nobody wants. You would not have known that Monday at Bright House Field. The television news cameras all focused on the Big Piece's every movement as he reported for work the day before the Phillies' first full-squad workout of spring training.
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February 10, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charlie Vogel is a familiar face - a celebrity of sorts - in the Hershey's Mill retirement community in East Goshen, Chester County. In a dozen years or so, he has done more than 100 interviews for the community's Channel 20 TV station, which reaches 1,700 homes. Among his most memorable guests were former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Phillies' Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, and TV weather forecasters Herb Clarke and Cecily Tynan. Vogel also interviewed Bill Campbell, the famed Philadelphia sports broadcaster who called Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962.
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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.
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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.
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January 30, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
A little more than nine years ago, Phillies president David Montgomery hired a general manager and a lot of people wondered if the man was too old for the job. Pat Gillick was 68 at the time, and his age, as it turned out, was a factor. It meant he had the patience and the wisdom to make the moves that took the Phillies from being a good team to a World Series champion. Gillick is 77 now, and Wednesday the Phillies asked him to fill an even more important role within their organization.
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