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September 27, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - There is no more difficult task for a coach than to break the old habits of entrenched players, and that is what the Phillies coaching staff faced in 2014. The Phillies will score more runs this season than last, but the difference is not much. And, barring a productive final weekend, the team's batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage will all decrease. First-year manager Ryne Sandberg assembled his first staff with experience in mind. He could not say Thursday who will return in 2015.
NEWS
August 27, 2007 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jim Thome first walked onto the field at Citizens Bank Park, he had a sensation akin to that of a very hungry man entering a bakery and picking up the scent of a buttercream layer cake. Something was in the air, and he knew he was going to like it. Thome, who hit 47 home runs in 2003, the Phillies' last year at the Vet, still remembers that first batting practice, on April 3, 2004, as the ball club prepared to open its brand-new stadium with an exhibition game. "The ball carried really well," Thome recalled on a June visit with his current team, the Chicago White Sox. Really well.
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September 24, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - There will be no "Mission Accomplished" banners hanging from Citizens Bank Park if the Phillies surpass last season's win total with more than two victories in their final six games. Outsiders will see that feat as further proof that a culture of mediocrity has enveloped the franchise. But some team officials, no doubt, will maintain that competitiveness is close. That, after all, is how the Phillies thought after last season's 73 wins. They doubled down on a strategy of augmenting an older core with even older players through free agency.
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November 22, 2011
The rematch of last season's Flyers Cup AAA championship will take place at Citizens Bank Park on Jan. 4 as part of the Winter Classic festivities. Malvern Prep announced on Tuesday that it would face La Salle at 5 p.m. at the home of the Phillies. The game will be followed by Neumann University vs. Penn State. In last year's Flyers Cup, the Explorers downed Malvern Prep, 3-2, in overtime at the Wells Fargo Center, before falling to Pittsburgh's Upper St. Clair in the state final.
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April 6, 2013 | By Hillary Siegel, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Most of the fans at gathered for this afternoon's opener against the Kansas City Royals shared the same sentiment. The Phillies are (hopefully!) going to win big this season. John Rorer and his son, Michael, 4, both from the Villanova area, proclaimed, "They'll hopefully win the World Series!" Another fan, Allison Ransford, said "it's definitely going to be tough," but that the Phillies will make it to the World Series. Russell Haywood, an excited fan outside the third base gate, said "They're going to win..
SPORTS
October 6, 2008
Expect the price for tickets to the National League Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park, at least on the secondary market, to jump more than 50 percent from their average for the previous series. StubHub suggested last Thursday that the average price for a Phillies ticket for the NLCS would be $222. Tickets into the NLDS at the park averaged around $145. Dodgers tickets, as of last Thursday's report, figured to sell for an average of $142. Tickets to see the Rays, if they advance, will average $105.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2012 | Chuck Darrow
Outlet: Hatfield Grill, behind sections 135 and 136. We went: Pregame, 6:13 p.m. Wait: None. Order: The No. 2, a double cheeseburger with a side of fries. Cost: $8.50. Phindings: As the Phoodmeister strolled the concourse at Citizens Bank Park earlier this week, he pondered a heretofore unpondered question: Can you get a decent hamburger in our red-spattered slice of baseball heaven? We sought our answer at the establishment named, of course, for the venerable purveyor of meat.
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September 29, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
T HIS SEASON, the Phillies struggled just as much in the stands as they did on the field. The Phightens drew 2,423,852 fans to Citizens Bank Park, an average of 29,924 per game. That was over a half-million fewer than last year - 588,551 to be exact - and marked the fourth straight season there was a drop in home attendance. The Phillies' year-by-year home attendance figures since they moved to Citizens Bank Park in 2004 are on Page 57.   My bad High-five to Jets quarterback Geno Smith for apologizing after cursing at a fan while leaving the field following a 24-17 loss to the Lions yesterday.
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September 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
If this was the end for Ryan Howard in a Phillies uniform, let it be known he departed Citizens Bank Park to cheers. Howard blooped a single to center in the ninth inning of Sunday's 2-1 loss to Atlanta. Tony Gwynn Jr. pinch-ran for him. The first baseman finished the season with a .690 OPS. His .380 slugging percentage was .165 points below his career average entering 2014. He accumulated 95 RBIs, but ranked in the top five in baseball for runners left on base. His 190 strikeouts were the most in the majors.
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September 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE HOME clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park was littered with boxes yesterday morning. Before taking the field for the final game of the 2014 regular season, Phillies players packed up their things so they could exit quickly and head to their offseason homes before the end of the day. There were handshakes and hugs all around, and even some applause for rookie reliever Ken Giles, who got engaged on Saturday. Despite a season ending with the Phillies in last place for the first time in 14 seasons, the mood was pretty upbeat.
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September 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The boos began as he trotted out from center field to take the mound in the ninth inning. Phillies righthander Jonathan Papelbon was making his first appearance at Citizens Bank Park since the crotch-grabbing incident on Sept. 14 and the fans showed their displeasure. He received a seven-game suspension and fine and since then, Papelbon had rejoined the Phillies, earned one save, but that was on the road. Now he was back home and he turned the boos to cheers by earning the save with a scoreless ninth inning during Friday's 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.
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September 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
Two weeks ago, Jonathan Papelbon blew a save and grabbed his crotch in the general direction of the fans booing him behind the Phillies dugout at Citizens Bank Park. He has said repeatedly since that he didn't not make the gesture intentionally. He called it an equipment adjustment. Papelbon, who received a seven-game suspension for his actions, has also said repeatedly in the last 2 weeks that he doesn't even hear the boos. Which is in complete contradiction of his words from 2 months ago. "I enjoy it," Papelbon said in late July.
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September 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PEOPLE LOSE jobs when teams finish in last place. The first casualty of the 2014 Phillies season is the man who has ran their draft room for a dozen years. The Phillies announced that assistant general manager and director of amateur scouting Marti Wolever will not be back in 2015. Wolever, among other duties, ran the team's amateur draft each year. "There's nothing easy about the decision we made, but we're trying to get better and we're trying to make changes," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
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September 27, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - There is no more difficult task for a coach than to break the old habits of entrenched players, and that is what the Phillies coaching staff faced in 2014. The Phillies will score more runs this season than last, but the difference is not much. And, barring a productive final weekend, the team's batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage will all decrease. First-year manager Ryne Sandberg assembled his first staff with experience in mind. He could not say Thursday who will return in 2015.
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September 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - When the Phillies summoned Kyle Kendrick from double-A Reading to replace Freddy Garcia in the rotation, the 22-year-old rookie was a stopgap and nothing more. That was 2007. Kendrick wore Curt Schilling's No. 38. "Kid" is how Charlie Manuel addressed him. "He actually did a little better than I probably thought he would," Manuel, then the manager, said after Kendrick's debut. "I said I would like five innings, and he gave us six. " For the next seven years, up until Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Marlins, the expectations were minimized.
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September 26, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - It's highly unlikely you'll see Jimmy Rollins take the field at Marlins Park this afternoon, or in the three games that follow at Citizens Bank Park to close out the 2014 season. Rollins sat out for the 15th straight game last night. He suffered a left hamstring injury on Sept. 8 and despite taking regular fielding work and batting practice in the last week, has yet to run at full speed. Although no one will say he has been shut down for the season, Rollins has pretty much been shut down for the season.
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September 26, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - At this point in the season, small victories are really all the Phillies can hope to achieve. They showed up to Marlins Park yesterday afternoon, for the road finale of the season, with the chance to accomplish two things in one game: clinch a season that wouldn't finish with 90 losses and avoid securing a final resting place in last place when the 2014 season comes to an end on Sunday. Modest goals, sure. But reachable, if not somewhat insignificant. The Phillies haven't finished a season with 90 or more losses since 2000, also the last time they finished in last place in the National League East.
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