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September 23, 1994 | By Paddy Noyes, FOR THE INQUIRER
Brenton, 2, enjoys working outdoors on the farm. His main job is bringing in tomatoes from the garden. He takes a bite out of each one before it's delivered, too, just to be sure it's as delicious as it looks. And he keeps life interesting for his foster family, no matter what activity is involved. They were feeding the horses and suddenly spotted Brenton with his head in the feed bucket. The horse went on chewing, much to their relief. He likes dogs, who seem to sense he's not a threat, and he tumbles wih a litter of puppies with joyful abandon.
SPORTS
April 22, 2005 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Carlos Rodriguez, a talented but temperamental Phillies prospect, abruptly retired from the single-A Clearwater club yesterday. The 21-year-old Dominican shortstop was about to be suspended for an incident that occurred in a game Wednesday night. Instead of accepting the suspension, he told Mike Arbuckle, the Phillies' assistant general manager, that he was tired of baseball and was quitting. A switch-hitter with impressive all-around tools, Rodriguez was just 17 when he received a hefty $700,000 signing bonus in October 2000.
SPORTS
September 29, 1987 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, Daily News Sports Writer
The best player in baseball this season does not care to publicly discuss his days as a Phillies farmhand. But then, Toronto Blue Jays leftfielder George Antonio Bell does not care to publicly discuss anything with those who dare to approach him with notebooks or tape recorders in their hands. "I'm sorry, but I don't have to talk to you," Bell told a would-be inquisitor before a recent Blue Jays game. Perhaps, if he were to share his thoughts with the outside world, the 27- year-old Dominican would speak of what it was like to be a prospect taking up space in a talent-rich organization that had produced four National League East championships in five years and was coming off a World Series victory at the time of his departure.
SPORTS
May 9, 2000 | By Jay Nagle, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies received a glimpse of their future last night at Reading's GPU Stadium. His name is Brad Baisley. Baisley, standing an imposing 6-foot-9 and wearing No. 69, started on the mound for the Phils in a seven-inning exhibition game against the Reading Phillies. And although Baisley was tagged with the loss as the Phillies fell, 5-2, to their double-A farmhands, he was one of the main attractions on a night when the parent team made a brief stopover on its way to Montreal from Atlanta.
SPORTS
May 26, 2011
The Reds will send Homer Bailey, perhaps the most unfortunately named pitcher in the majors, against the Phillies in Thursday's series finale. Bailey has never had a huge problem allowing the long ball: A 0.9 home runs per nine innings rate over the last three seasons is about league average. So the name has not been prophetic. It does, however, rank up there with Bob Walk, Kevin Slowey, and Grant Balfour as the worst pitcher names. Josh Outman, the former Phillies farmhand recently recalled by Oakland, has to be the best.
SPORTS
September 14, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
The Blue Rocks failed to complete a sweep of the Kinston Indians, dropping Game 3 of the Mills Cup Carolina League Championship Series at Frawley Stadium, 3-1. The series continues tonight in Wilmington with the Blue Rocks up, two games to one, in the best-of-five series. Dusty Hughes (1-1) allowed just two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out a career-high 11 for the Blue Rocks. The Blue Rocks picked up their only run in the fourth inning when former Phillies farmhand Travis Chapman doubled home Shane Costa, who singled and stole second.
SPORTS
May 12, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A tall, attractive woman stood in the shade of a beach umbrella on the third-base side of Ashburn Field clapping her hands while Pirates farmhand Luis Heredia went through the top of the ExtendedPhils lineup like a buzz saw. "Did you see my son?" Maria Heredia gushed. "He is only 16 and he has yet to give up a run this spring. " The poised, 6-6 righthander looked closer to 20 than 16. Somebody asked the mother of Luis Heredia if she knew he had just retired the Phillies' World Series-tested catcher Carlos Ruiz on a soft infield popup.
SPORTS
November 16, 1997 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Major League Baseball held its last expansion draft in 1992, it wasn't difficult to find out which 15 players each team protected. That's because, in an effort to facilitate trades, baseball officials made sure the protection lists were leaked to the media. Five years later, with another expansion draft just two days away, there have been no such "official" leaks. Security has been tight at the desert resort where baseball's general managers have held their yearly meetings this week.
NEWS
May 24, 1996 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Kate Beckinsale of "Cold Comfort Farm" does not destroy farmhouses, she does not toss cows through the air, and she cost considerably less than $85 million to put on screen. Yet in her own beguiling way, she's as watchable as any of the funnel clouds in "Twister," at least to moviegoers of a certain age (if you wear a Nike baseball cap, count yourself out - especially if you wear it sideways or backwards). Beckinsale has one of the rare goof roles for women that also is good for men who like to watch women, and who are tiring of the cartoon femme fatale of, say, "Diabolique.
SPORTS
June 5, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
The emotions finally flowed for Randy Johnson when the final out was made. A hug for his son, who was serving as batboy. Hugs for every teammate, plus a really big one for his manager. The game ball presented to his wife as his three daughters beamed with pride. A news conference that lasted 30 minutes from a player who usually doesn't have much to say. Someone even spotted a smile. The Big Unit admits he can come across as surly, and he did his best over the past few weeks to downplay his pursuit of 300 wins.
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SPORTS
July 31, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
READING - It was an interesting transaction announced just as the minor-league season was getting underway. "OF Andrew Pullin retired," read the April 9 listing on the Florida State League's transaction log. Pullin hit 14 homers last season with high-A Clearwater to lead the Florida State League. And now he was retired at just 22. Pullin returned home for a month to Centralia, Wash. It was a break, he said, to clear his mind more than it was a retirement from baseball. There was a thought that Pullin was disappointed that he was assigned to start the season in Clearwater instead of double-A Reading.
SPORTS
April 8, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Rhys Hoskins asked the Phillies after last season if they would be able to find a team for him to play for in the offseason. There are winter leagues throughout Latin America where U.S. baseball players go to stay busy between seasons. Hoskins wanted to keep his rhythm after a scorching season with two of the Phillies' single-A affiliates. The first baseman told the Phillies that he was willing to go anywhere. And they took him up on it. Hoskins was sent to Sydney, Australia, a world away from Lakewood, N.J., and Clearwater, Fla. The experience was awesome, Hoskins said.
SPORTS
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Nomar Mazara. The lefthanded hitting outfielder is the Rangers' second-best prospect, according to Baseball America. He boasts a .799 on-base plus slugging percentage in his first full season in double A. Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez. The 23-year-old righthander (23d overall pick in 2013) has a fastball with movement, a slider, and change-up. Jorge Alfaro. Considered one of the best catching prospects in baseball. An ankle injury has sidelined the 22-year-old Colombian slugger since June 10. Nick Williams.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
May 2, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It was a good April for Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies. You couldn't tell that, of course, by simply watching the games at the big-league level. For the most part, the Phillies have been every bit as bad as advertised. They entered Thursday afternoon's lopsided loss in St. Louis ranked last in the league in hitting, last in the big leagues in OPS and runs, 27th in fielding percentage, and 24th in starting pitching ERA. That's a special brand of bad, and their 8-15 record speaks for itself.
SPORTS
August 29, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - They lived in Clearwater, Fla., at a place called the Buena Vista Hotel, a fine establishment that is now a TraveLodge on U.S. 19. "Oh, yeah," Jake Diekman said. "It was wonderful. They had a room catch on fire in 2008. One of the players lost, like, everything. " That was their introduction to professional baseball. The 2007 Gulf Coast League Phillies walked 10 minutes to the ballpark. Not counting rehabilitation players, 44 men played on that team. The three members in the majors - Diekman, Justin De Fratus, and Travis d'Arnaud - reunited Monday at Citi Field.
SPORTS
April 13, 2013 | Associated Press
CLEVELAND - Another dangerous pitch has Carlos Carrasco in trouble again. The Cleveland Indians pitcher was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Friday for "intentionally throwing" at New York's Kevin Youkilis, the righthander's second penalty in two years for aiming at a hitter. The Indians acquired Carrasco in 2009 as part of the trade that sent Cy Young winner Cliff Lee to the Phillies. Carrasco had just completed serving a five-game suspension for a fastball thrown at Kansas City's Billy Butler in 2011 (Carrasco missed all of 2012 following elbow ligament-replacement surgery)
NEWS
May 20, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cody Asche was sure the transition from the University of Nebraska to professional baseball would be a smooth one. "I expected to just carry on," Asche said. "Williamsport would just be another part of what I did in college. I figured I'd go in and roll right along, and I did a complete opposite of what I thought. " Asche, a fourth-round draft choice last year, had hit .327 and led the Big 12 with 12 home runs during his junior season with the Cornhuskers.
SPORTS
May 18, 2012
CHICAGO - Rich Thompson waited eight years for the second chance and it finally arrived in the form of a phone call at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg told him his flight to Florida was at 1:45 p.m. He was going back to the majors. The Phillies traded Thompson, a fan favorite at triple-A Lehigh Valley, to Tampa Bay for outfielder Kyle Hudson. Thompson joined the Rays, who played Boston in St. Petersburg, Fla. "It's awesome," Thompson said by phone from the Charlotte airport.
SPORTS
May 26, 2011
The Reds will send Homer Bailey, perhaps the most unfortunately named pitcher in the majors, against the Phillies in Thursday's series finale. Bailey has never had a huge problem allowing the long ball: A 0.9 home runs per nine innings rate over the last three seasons is about league average. So the name has not been prophetic. It does, however, rank up there with Bob Walk, Kevin Slowey, and Grant Balfour as the worst pitcher names. Josh Outman, the former Phillies farmhand recently recalled by Oakland, has to be the best.
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