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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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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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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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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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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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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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July 13, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Grady Sizemore understands that it will take some time to regain his baseball form, but he's glad to be doing it in Philadelphia. The three-time all-star outfielder was inserted into the starting lineup and hit leadoff in his first appearance with the Phillies during Friday's game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Sizemore, who didn't play in 2012 or 2013 and appeared in 104 games combined in 2011 and 2010 while dealing with a variety of injuries, signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on June 25, nearly a week after being released by the Boston Red Sox. After playing 11 games for Lehigh Valley and hitting .283, Sizemore's contract was selected by the Phillies from the IronPigs on Friday.
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July 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - Cliff Lee threw 59 pitches without incident Wednesday night in Tampa, Fla., and that was one of the more positive developments in seven weeks for the prized Phillies starter with the strained left elbow. He allowed three runs in four innings for single-A Clearwater. Lee will pitch there again Monday in what could be the final precursor to his return. His first minor-league rehab outing last Sunday was shortened by rain. This one had a better conclusion. He cruised through the first three innings on 32 pitches with six groundouts and two strikeouts.
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July 9, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - The latest sign this summer is luckless for the Phillies came Sunday evening when Cliff Lee planned to throw about 70 pitches for single-A Clearwater at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. A Florida thunderstorm suspended the game in the third inning; Lee was limited to 24 pitches in two innings. The Phillies offered Lee the option of finishing his outing in an indoor batting cage. Lee declined. The 35-year-old pitcher wants to test his strained left elbow against hitters.
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July 7, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Matt Hockenberry missed the call that would tell him he was going home. Tired out by the Clearwater, Fla., heat, the 23-year-old Gulf Coast Phillies righthander took a nap after the team's game June 23. When he awoke, Hockenberry answered his roommate's phone after missing his own call. Florida Gulf Coast pitching coach Steve Schrenk was on the line, telling Hockenberry to pack his bags and join the Lakewood BlueClaws, in Greensboro, N.C., after just one appearance for the Gulf Coast Phillies.
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July 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - When the Phillies spent $12 million on Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez last summer, they expected the Cuban righthander to slot into their rotation. But Gonzalez encountered shoulder soreness, and Ruben Amaro Jr. said the pitcher's stuff "started to break down" at the 40-pitch mark. Those are not optimistic signs from a 27-year-old arm. So Gonzalez, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday and optioned to double-A Reading, will pitch as a reliever for the remainder of 2014.
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July 3, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - Cliff Lee is tentatively on tap to pitch in his first game in more than 6 weeks on Sunday. After throwing in a simulated game for the second time in 5 days, Lee will start for Class A Clearwater, barring a setback. The lefthander could return to the Phillies' rotation before the All-Star break. If his return doesn't come until after the break, Lee will likely make three starts before the July 31 trade deadline. Even though he turns 36 in August and was diagnosed with a left elbow strain less than 2 months ago, Lee could attract interest among contending teams if he looks like the pitcher who had a 3.18 ERA in 10 starts this season when he does make his return.
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June 27, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
WHEN ROMAN QUINN was growing up in Florida, he always knew baseball was for him. The hard part was deciding what position to play. He was split between two positions that he enjoyed equally. "When I was 11 and 12 years old, I played shortstop," Quinn said. "Going into 14, 15 and playing on my summer leagues team I was on, I was always a centerfielder. " Just a few years later, Quinn is using his experience from his younger years to make a transition for High A Clearwater. He was drafted in 2011 out of Port St. Joe High School as a shortstop.
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