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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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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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September 25, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - Ryan Howard "had a couple of at-bats" in a simulated game yesterday in Clearwater, Fla., where rain washed out the first string of games in instructional league play, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Howard, who has been sidelined since July following left knee surgery, is expected to begin playing in games in Clearwater this week. Ben Revere, who also has been out since July, will follow the same plan. Recent Cuban free agent signee Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is also in Clearwater, but he isn't likely to take part in the 3-week instructional league schedule.
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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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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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May 16, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Scott Kingery can run a 60-yard dash in a time that is just a notch behind some of baseball's fastest runners. He ran the bases quick enough in college to earn the nickname "Scotty Jetpacks. " And Kingery is on pace this season to reach his goal of 40 stolen bases. The Phillies' second-base prospect is certainly fast. But Kingery said it takes more than just speed to command the base paths. Kingery, who was drafted in last June's second round, worked in the offseason to become a better and smarter runner.
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March 25, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
During a meeting with reporters in Boca Raton, Fla., on Tuesday, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was asked what made him think that Howie Roseman deserved to be back in charge of the franchise's player-personnel department after Lurie had fired Chip Kelly in December. "The whole plan was for Howie to really spend the time studying state-of-the-art decision-making around the globe in sports," Lurie said. "We really opened it up, from English Premier League, NHL, NBA, MLB - try to find who the best general managers or 'head of basketball operations' were.
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February 15, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies open spring training this week in Clearwater, Fla., for the 70th consecutive season. As long as the weather is warm and the Danish are still free in Lenny's, thousands of local fans will observe the annual rite with a journey south. Maybe the attraction is to sit beneath the high Florida sky and savor the beauty of a perfect hop, or maybe to sit beneath the thatched roof of Frenchy's Tiki Pavilion and savor an entire pint of hops. Maybe both. It would be nice to say that every February has brought hope for the Phillies along with the promise of spring for their fans, but that wouldn't be accurate.
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February 9, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Larry Bowa is 70 years old and proof that age is just a number. It's a number that makes a lot of us with vibrant memories of the fiery shortstop feel old, but it is still somewhat soothing to know that Bowa, at 70, is in the same place he was at 20. Well, not exactly the same place. At 20, after being signed as an undrafted player by Phillies scout Eddie Bockman, the Sacramento, Calif., native made his first trip to spring training in 1966. At the time, the Phillies' minor-leaguers trained in Leesburg, Fla., a two-hour drive from the big-league camp in Clearwater.
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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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