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February 13, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
Excerpt from Daly News staff writer David Murphy's post on High Cheese, Phillies blog: THE FIRST RULE of Clearwater is you do not talk about Clearwater. Actually, that's not true. In fact, it doesn't make sense. Because I'm about to talk about Clearwater to you. Every year around this time I get a slew of emails asking for some recon on the spring-training home of your Fightin' Phils. So, I figured, why not write up a little cheat sheet for everybody to access. This cheat sheet will be tailored to those who usually drink a beer or two when engaging in any sort of vacation activity.
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June 17, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Joe Jordan, in preparation for his new job as the Phillies' personnel director, spent countless hours watching video of minor-leaguers this offseason. He also had numerous conversations with his fellow members of the player development department in an effort to get to know as much as he could about the farm system. Tyler Knigge's name was not one that came up often. "Coming into the year . . . we talked about him a little bit, but not a great deal," Jordan said last week at Bright House Field.
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June 3, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cameron Perkins was not taken until the sixth round of last year's draft, but he is the closest member from the Phillies' class of 2012 to the big leagues. "Cameron has been kind of a surprise," said Marti Wolever, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of amateur scouting. "When you look at him as an outsider looking in, he's a little knock- kneed and he kind of looks like Bambi when he runs sometimes. The bottom line is the results on the field and they were pretty good in college and they've been pretty good here.
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June 19, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Chase Utley will take the next step in his rehab when he starts at second base Monday night for Class A Clearwater. Utley has been the designated hitter in his three Florida State League games. He played a few innings in the field Friday in a minor league exhibition between the Phillies' rookie leagues affiliates. Clearwater, coming off the All-Star break, hosts Dunedin at Bright House Field. Utley, who will hit third Monday, is 1-for-13 (.077) in three games with two runs scored.
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June 17, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford is being promoted from low single-A Lakewood to advanced single-A Clearwater. In an accompanying move, Clearwater's Roman Quinn is being moved from shortstop to center field, a position he played in high school. Crawford, a shortstop, will join Clearwater on Wednesday, a day after participating in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Hickory, N.C. "We felt that J.P. handled himself well at Lakewood and felt it was time for him to move to the Florida State League," Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said Sunday.
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September 8, 1989 | By Peter Pascarelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
The shake-up in the Phillies' minor-league organization resumed yesterday with the announcement that Reading manager Mike Hart and Clearwater manager Glenn Gulliver had not been re-hired. Clearwater coach Tim Corcoran also was dropped. No replacements were named by general manager Lee Thomas and player- development director Del Unser, who assumed that position earlier this week. However, it appears that former Phils manager Lee Elia, who was fired recently as a coach with the New York Yankees, will be hired as manager of the Clearwater club.
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February 8, 2013 | BY MATTHEW ELWELL, Daily News Staff Writer elwellm@phillynews.com
IF OPENING DAY represents the entrée and spring training the appetizer, then Wednesday's moment could be considered the hot bread presented before the appetizer for Phillies fans. As pitchers and catchers prepare to report to Clearwater on Feb. 13, more than a dozen Phillies employees were busy packing up a 53-foot equipment truck early Wednesday morning before sending it on its way to the Sunshine State. The Phillie Phanatic was present, loading the last item, and the truck began the 2-day, 1,058-mile migration south to Bright House Field, traveling through eight states in the process.
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February 7, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
WITH A BITTER cold wind blowing outside of Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies' equipment truck departed yesterday for a 1,058-mile trip to Clearwater, Fla., where temperatures are expected to be in the high 60s upon arrival tomorrow. The 53-foot equipment truck carrying the team's spring training supplies left Philadelphia yesterday after nearly a dozen workers helped to load thousands of items packed tight en route to Bright House Field. "This process started right when the season was over," Dan O'Rourke, manager of Phillies equipment and umpire services, said while loading the truck yesterday morning.
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August 27, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second straight season, lefthander Jesse Biddle is finishing fast after starting slow. Biddle, the Phillies' first-round draft choice (27th overall) in the 2010 draft out of Germantown Friends, was 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA in four April starts for high-single-A Clearwater, Fla. He bounced back to go 2-0 with a 1.36 ERA in six May starts and was on his way. With Thursday's 3-0 win over the Daytona Cubs, Biddle ran his scoreless inning streak to 16. In his previous start, he threw seven no-hit innings in an 11-0 win over Brevard County.
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July 22, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clearwater outfielder Cameron Perkins admits that his first ever baseball injury tested his patience. Perkins, a sixth-round draft choice in 2012 out of Purdue, fractured a bone in his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch on May 31. After sitting out five weeks, he played two games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies before returning to Clearwater's lineup on July 5. Entering the weekend, Perkins was hitting .317 with five home runs, 40...
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November 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Cliff Lee era of Phillies baseball came to a quiet end Tuesday with the team confirming that it declined the pitcher's $27.5 million option for next season. The 37-year-old lefthander will receive a $12.5 million buyout of his contract for 2016. The roster move was long considered merely a formality, as Lee has not started a major-league game since July 2014. A torn elbow tendon soured the final two seasons of Lee's tenure with the Phillies. The former Cy Young Award winner did not make it out of spring training this season and was limited to only 13 starts in 2014.
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October 3, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco flew into Philadelphia on Thursday morning, arriving in time for the afternoon's victory over the New York Mets. He will end his rookie season on the field and not on the disabled list. "I'm excited," said Franco, who could have been used as a pinch-hitter in the 3-0 win. "I don't know if I'll play every day, but I'm ready. I just played a couple games in Florida and I feel fine. I'm happy to be back. " Franco played five games at the team's facility in Clearwater, Fla., as he finished working his way back from a small fracture in his left wrist.
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September 24, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Ryan Howard's future with the Phillies has long been a popular topic. The aging slugger is now one of only two holdovers from the 2008 World Series championship team. His decline in production and albatross of a contract have rendered him untradeable. So how does incoming team president Andy MacPhail view Howard's future? MacPhail, set to officially succeed Pat Gillick after the season, said Tuesday that he anticipates Howard will be in Clearwater, Fla., with the Phillies come spring training.
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September 18, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco sat in front of his locker on Wednesday afternoon and pulled the zipper on the red bag full of his baseball bats. Franco's tools were packed away. His quest continues to finish his rookie season on the field. Franco will fly to Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday morning to continue his rehabilitation from a broken left wrist. He will face live pitching and play in simulated games. Franco, 23, could join the team as soon as next week in Miami. It sounds more probable that he will join the team for the final homestand, which begins Sept.
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September 14, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A look at how the top players in the Phillies minor-league system performed this season, and where they could be next year. INFIELDERS J.P. Crawford SS, Reading (AA) The Phillies' top prospect impressed in almost every facet of the game after being promoted to Reading in May. He plays shortstop with great range and a strong arm. He runs the bases with speed and hustle. He showed great plate discipline, earning a walk in more than half his games. He proved that he could reach the majors as soon as next summer.
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September 11, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MAIKEL FRANCO might return to the Phillies lineup in 2015 after all. A week after continuing to feel discomfort in his left wrist after hitting, Franco took 20 swings in the cage yesterday: 10 dry swings, and 10 hitting off a batting tee. It went about as well as he could have hoped. "No pain at all," Franco said. "I feel fine. Everything feels good. " Franco suffered a small fracture in his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch on Aug. 11 in Arizona. His return this season appeared unlikely when he tried to take batting practice last week in New York - with a month left in the season - but still felt pain.
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July 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHASE UTLEY is not a candidate to move to a new team before Major League Baseball's trade deadline, which arrives a week from tomorrow, on July 31. He hasn't played in a game in a month while rehabbing from a right ankle injury, and he's been mired in a funk at the plate for more than a year. But during his current hiatus, Utley might have found a flaw in his swing that was related to his injury. If he returns within the next couple of weeks, and shows something offensively, Utley could potentially move to a new team before Sept.
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June 27, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - Aaron Nola and J.P. Crawford - the two brightest stars in the Phillies' minor-league system - will get a chance to shine on the national stage after being selected Thursday to play in the Futures Game next month. The two prospects will represent the Phillies on July 12 at the minor-league all-star showcase in Cincinnati, three days before the major-league All-Star Game there. Crawford, ranked by ESPN as the second-best prospect in baseball, is returning to the Futures Game for the second straight year.
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June 1, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - Shortstop J.P. Crawford was admittedly tired but set off on the next journey of his baseball career with the help of adrenaline. The Phillies' 2013 first-round pick (16th overall) arrived in Reading on Saturday afternoon and was in the lineup that night for his first double-A game, a 4-3 win over Richmond. Crawford went 1 for 4 with an RBI and made an impressive ninth-inning fielding play, charging a grounder and showing his strong arm by throwing out the runner at first.
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May 8, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
J.P. Crawford's season debut proved to be worth the wait. The Phillies top prospect went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run Wednesday afternoon for the single-A Clearwater Threshers. Crawford, 20, missed the first month of the season after straining his left oblique late in spring training. The shortstop batted leadoff and was used as a designated hitter. Crawford reached base four times, scored twice, and drove in three runs as the Threshers defeated Brevard County, 7-3. Crawford said he will play in the field Thursday and Friday.
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