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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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March 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The word "normal" has been uttered countless times early this spring training from Cliff Lee. That's nothing but a positive for the Phillies in the case of their 36-year-old lefthander, coming off last year's season-ending elbow strain. Thursday afternoon he will make his first start since July 31 when he pitches against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Fla. Lee, one of the Phillies' potential trade chips, is expected to pitch the first two innings. Righthander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is scheduled to follow with his first outing of the spring.
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March 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Pettibone visited three doctors and underwent several MRI exams last year but never got an answer as to what was ailing his pitching shoulder. It was not until a surgeon looked inside his shoulder, the 24-year-old righthander said Saturday, that Pettibone learned the problem. He underwent an operation June 17 to repair a labrum tear. His 2015 season will begin after most of the other starters in the Phillies' major-league camp. "It was a relief, I guess, at the time," he said of finally discerning the reason for his shoulder problems.
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February 16, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Pitchers, catchers, and a bunch of guys the Phillies spent the offseason trying to trade will report to spring training Thursday. Contrary to popular belief, this team is going to be a contender. No, they are not going to be in the National League East race or even fighting for one of the league's two wild-card spots. They will, however, compete for the title of the Most Awkward Spring Training in franchise history. If you think that's an easy pursuit, you must have forgotten some of the absurd things that have happened in the past under the palm trees in Clearwater, Fla. Sure, that first Ryan Howard news conference of the spring is going to be uncomfortable for both him and the media.
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February 15, 2015
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February 6, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com jtannenwald@phillynews.com
WHEN THE Union opened its own high school in September 2013 on the campus of YSC Sports in Wayne, fans with high hopes for the team's future wondered how long it would take for the program to develop pro prospects. It looks like the answer might be "not very. " Less than 2 years after the school launched, Union manager Jim Curtin judged some of the school's players to be worth bringing along with the big club on its preseason training trip to Clearwater, Fla. So far, according to Curtin, the kids - in particular a trio of 17-year-olds - are holding their own. Leading the way so far has been 17-year-old Derrick Amaimpong, a 6-3 defensive midfielder who was born in Ghana.
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January 16, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Every January, the Phillies gather a large handful of minor-leaguers for what the team calls a Prospect Development Seminar, and this week 10 players are in town for the four-day program. Feel free to insert your observation about the front office's need for its own seminar on how to develop prospects, since that hasn't appeared to be a strength recently, but the program for the players is a good one. The seminar concentrates on advising the players about the potential pitfalls of baseball life as they climb closer to the major-league level.
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December 19, 2014 | By Jake Kaplan, Daily News Staff Writer
THE PHILLIES will have company in Clearwater, Fla., this February. The Union announced yesterday it will move its preseason training operations to the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, just across the street from Bright House Field. "We are thrilled to be moving our spring training operations to the beautiful city of Clearwater," Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said in a statement released by the team. "For more than 60 years Clearwater has proven to be a world class host to the Philadelphia Phillies and we look forward to forging a long tradition and relationship with both parties.
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September 15, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the Phillies minor-league systems needs improvement, there are some intriguing prospects emerging. Here is a look at some of them. (This list doesn't include players such as Maikel Franco and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who were promoted to the Phillies on Sept. 2 after the minor-league season ended and the MLB rosters expanded.)   Solid showings J.P. Crawford, SS, Clearwater. Crawford began the year at Lakewood and more than held his own when promoted to Clearwater, hitting .275 with eight home runs, 29 RBIs, and a .759 OPS. He turns 20 in January and could begin next season at Reading.
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September 15, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
BELIEVE IT or not, there have been some encouraging signs to come out of this 2014 season for the Phillies. Ken Giles has been nothing short of dominant. Cole Hamels continues to pitch like an ace. Maikel Franco is in the major leagues after a an explosive couple of minor league seasons. At the top of the list, though, is the performance of 2013 first-round draft pick J.P. Crawford, who was at Citizens Bank Park yesterday to receive the organization's Paul Owens Award, given annually to the top pitcher and top hitter in the minor leagues.
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July 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Jesse Biddle remains on double-A Reading's temporary inactive list, but the Phillies' 2010 first-round pick out of Germantown Friends School returned to the mound Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Pitching for the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Biddle covered two innings and faced eight batters in his team's 4-2 win over the GCL Yankees squad. He allowed one hit - a home run to Drew Bridges - walked one batter, and struck out three. "It was encouraging that he was back out there throwing," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development.
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