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August 19, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Freddy Galvis sat in the Lehigh Valley dugout Wednesday and gazed out toward the diamond. No one was in the infield. The game for the triple-A IronPigs would start in 90 minutes, and Galvis would play shortstop. That much he knew. Beyond that, he was not so sure. "I don't know, man," he said, looking down. "Right now, it's a lot of people with contracts in the big leagues, so . . . " he paused for a moment. "I don't have a spot. " Galvis was once the future of the Phillies' middle infield.
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March 24, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Eleven days ago, before starting at shortstop in a game in Disney World, where the Atlanta Braves call spring training home, Freddy Galvis rolled up his left pant leg and showed off a nasty cut. It wasn't an uncommon injury for a baseball player, as they slide hard into the ground routinely when trying to get to a base on offense or field a hard-to-reach grounder on defense. Galvis got this particular wound after sliding into third base one day. It was the reason he had briefly ditched his normal high-sock look.
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August 23, 2011
Playing at: Lehigh Valley (AAA) Position: Shortstop. Age: 21. Born: Nov. 14, 1989, in Punto Fijo, Falcon, Venezuela. Height: 5-10. Weight: 170. Bats: Both. Throws: Right. How acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent, July 2, 2006. This season: Started in Reading and moved up to Lehigh Valley on Aug. 2. Galvis is hitting .318 in 19 games at Triple A heading into last night . . . Was hitting .273 with a career-high eight homers in 422 at-bats in Reading . . . Generally batting at the bottom of the order for Lehigh Valley, where his 21 hits include 18 singles, two doubles and a triple.
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April 28, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
AS GOOD AS it was, you ain't seen nothin' yet. If you thought the diving stop and throw up the middle Saturday night is the best that Freddy Galvis has to offer, think again. That wasn't even his best play in the past 6 months. "No, it was not my best," Galvis admitted yesterday. "I had one that was better, playing winter ball in Venezuela this year. " That's saying something, because Saturday's play might have been Galvis' signature moment. This was Jeter, diving into the stands; Ozzie, barehanded up the middle.
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May 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FREDDY GALVIS led off the bottom of the third inning of yesterday afternoon's game by hitting a routine ground ball to second base. Galvis arrived safely at first, however, because no one was there to take the throw from Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker. When you're hitting over .350, good fortune finds you. "For sure," Galvis said after Phillies' 4-2 win over the Pirates. "I just feel good. " The 25-year-old Galvis, who entered the 2015 season with a .218 average in 171 games, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs.
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April 12, 2013 | By Bob Brookover and Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Phillies played their ninth game of the season Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, and infielder Freddy Galvis has started none of them. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted that it is a concern that needs to be addressed. "Sometime soon - probably," the general manager said. "We kind of take it day by day. " Galvis has made three pinch-hitting appearances and is hitless with a strikeout. He flied out in the eighth inning Wednesday. Manager Charlie Manuel still believes the young infielder will benefit most by being on the big-league roster.
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May 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - On Wednesday night, Phillies manager and nine-time Gold Glove winner Ryne Sandberg used the word "unreal" when describing a play by first-year starting shortstop Freddy Galvis. The slick-fielding 25-year-old ranged in the hole that night, coming up with the ball and somehow letting loose on a strike to first base to record the out, despite the fact the throw came after Galvis was already airborne. Less than 24 hours later, Sandberg was pointing in the direction of his same sure-handed shortstop when asked about a seventh inning that began with a walk, unraveled with defense, and put the Phillies in a much more difficult position to rally in what was eventually a 7-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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May 21, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN YOU are scuffling, there is no such thing as a little mistake. Domonic Brown's sixth-inning throw to first is misplayed into an eventual unearned run . . . Cliff Lee's ninth-inning baserunning gaffe gives dominant Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman a two-out save opportunity . . . and there you are again yesterday, tortured, angered, ready to swear off the local nine for maybe the 10th time just in the last month. Why didn't Charlie Manuel use an everyday player to run instead of a pitcher?
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August 21, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Friday's 4-3 Phillies loss to St. Louis at Citizens Bank Park proved to be a night of opportunity. Some of it was wasted, while some of it was seized. It was an opportunity for Adam Morgan to prove his worth on the day that the Phillies shut down their second young starter in three days. The lefthander used a crafty change-up to turn in his best start since May. It also was an opportunity for the Phillies to grab a series-opening win against a team hunting for a playoff berth. They instead collapsed in the ninth and fell in the 11th.
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August 13, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pete Mackanin pulled Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez into his office in April and reminded the infielders what this season meant. J.P. Crawford, the team's top-ranked prospect in the last five years, is coming. The 21-year-old shortstop's eventual arrival likely means that Galvis and Hernandez - childhood friends from Venezuela - will compete for one job. "I told them not to worry about him. Worry about what you're doing," Mackanin said. "If you're doing well, they're going to have to make a tough decision.
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August 12, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
LOS ANGELES - Jeremy Hellickson threw a pitch in the fifth inning Wednesday afternoon, grabbed his back, and this is how a mediocre trip to the West Coast almost became destructive. The Phillies won as many games as they lost in California, but they will return home with some fears about their starting rotation. They beat the Dodgers, 6-2, because Freddy Galvis bashed his first homer against a lefthander in almost two years. That generated a happy flight home. It could have been worse; Hellickson left the game after the fifth with tightness in his back, but he expects to make his next scheduled start.
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August 6, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The home run that sealed the Phillies' 3-2 loss to San Francisco on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park seemed almost inevitable. The Phillies bullpen - one of the least dependable units in all of baseball - had logged 14 straight scoreless innings. Something had to give, and it did when Denard Span led off the 10th inning by lining a homer to right field off Severino Gonzalez. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin was forced to rely on a thinned bullpen after starter Vince Velasquez lasted just five innings.
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August 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Maikel Franco tossed his helmet before he even reached first base, knowing a throng of teammates was ready to mob him Wednesday night after a come-from-behind 5-4 win over San Francisco. He sprinted past first base and darted to right field, trying to delay the celebration after his bases-loaded single to center provided the winning run in the 12th inning. But Franco's dash was to no avail. Freddy Galvis caught him in right-center. It was a night to savor and soon Franco was drenched by a pair of watercoolers.
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July 23, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
After a comatose 9-3 loss Thursday night, the Phillies vacated Citizens Bank Park with their luggage. They will play just three times here in the next 21 days; the ballpark will serve as another venue for parties during the Democratic National Convention. The home team cannot hit in South Philadelphia, so it might as well allow the politicos to commandeer the stadium. The Phillies are not a good offensive team, but their hitting woes in 51 home games are mystifying. Most at-bats are swift and end with a whimper.
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July 21, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Once Vince Velasquez raised his arms on the mound at Citizens Bank Park three months ago, the expectations for a young pitcher were considerable. The Phillies have since witnessed the highs and lows of a developing righthander. In a 2-1 home loss Tuesday night to Miami, Velasquez reached a point he had not achieved since that magical April afternoon when he fanned 16 Padres. He recorded an out in the seventh inning. The 24-year-old pitcher has so far outperformed any reasonable projections - even with a brief trip to the disabled list.
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July 16, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CSNPhilly.com happily reported Thursday that first-half television ratings for Phillies games were up 22 percent over last year, when the ball club was more unwatchable than the 1987 movie Ishtar . This was great news for the website's parent company, because no one on the planet has a more vested interest in the Phillies' television ratings than Comcast. The cable giant has 100 million reasons per year over the next 25 years to cheer for good ratings on Phillies games. It should also please the mother of all cable companies that there are plenty of reasons for us to keep watching when the season resumes Friday with the start of a three-game series against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
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July 11, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
DENVER - The visitors' clubhouse doors will open Sunday morning, and the Phillies will mark a first in team history when they welcome a player back to the team during the same season in which he tested positive for performance- enhancing drugs. Daniel Stumpf, a rookie reliever, is set to rejoin the Phillies at the conclusion of his 80-game suspension for using dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid that was created in the 1960s for East German Olympians. Stumpf is the fifth Phillies player to be suspended by Major League Baseball, which began drug testing in 2004.
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