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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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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 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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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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May 21, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Andres Blanco practices his swing each afternoon in a lonely batting cage. He lifts weights and stretches without the company of teammates. Blanco - the Phillies super utility player - is the first player to arrive at Citizens Bank Park, pulling into the empty ballpark nearly seven hours before each game. Blanco left his native Venezuela 16 years ago with a $3,000 signing bonus. He is lauded for his work ethic and character. Blanco gets to the batting cage early so it will be open when the team's everyday players are ready to hit. Blanco hits the weight room first so the trainers can then focus their attention on the starting lineup.
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May 18, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The crowd rose Monday at Citizens Bank Park for an unfamiliar ritual, to laud a Phillies hitter. Tommy Joseph cracked a single up the middle to start the sixth inning of a 5-3 loss to Miami. It was the first major-league hit for the 24-year-old first baseman, and as the scoreboard flashed his achievement, the weeknight crowd roared. These moments are fleeting because the Phillies cannot have nice things. Six pitches later, Freddy Galvis erased Joseph. The shortstop bounced into a routine 5-4-3 double play.
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May 16, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The nadir of the Phillies' Latin American scouting and development program is easily identifiable. Look back at the 1989 season, and you'll find an opening-day roster that included as many players born in France as the Dominican Republic. When Juan Samuel was traded to the New York Mets later that season, the French population ruled over the Latin one inside the Phillies clubhouse. Vive la France never was a great slogan for a big-league baseball team, and since born-in-Paris shortstop Steve Jeltz was the only French representative, it really would have been a rotten one. Not surprisingly, the Phillies of that era were awful.
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May 14, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - No team in baseball has played more games on the road than this young Phillies squad, and after spending 19 of the last 22 days away from home, the players readied for a happy flight Thursday night. Their boundless 24-year-old leadoff hitter reached base five times against the hapless Braves in a 7-4 win. Their enigmatic 26-year-old shortstop crushed another home run. Their slumping 27-year-old catcher delivered the game-winning double in extra innings. The Phillies will come home, improbably, with one of the best records in the National League.
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May 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
ST. LOUIS - Pete Mackanin visited the mound in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's 5-4 loss just as Busch Stadium was starting to become unglued. The Cardinals had the bases loaded. The Phillies had a one-run lead. Mackanin, the Phillies manager, told his closer to get a ground ball. A double play would end it. Jeanmar Gomez listened. He induced Stephen Piscotty to hit a grounder, but the ball was slapped wide of shortstop Freddy Galvis. Galvis slid to field the hit, but the game was tied.
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May 3, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies were Major League Baseball's surprise team in April. As the calendar has flipped into May, they have shown no signs of letting up. With righthander Vince Velasquez continuing his strong early-season showing, the Phillies swept their weekend series with the Cleveland Indians on Sunday with a 2-1 win at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies (15-10) have won six in a row and nine of their last 10. Did someone say wild card? OK, it's way too early for that kind of talk, but a team that many considered on par with the Atlanta Braves as possibly the worst in baseball has confounded the experts, at least for the first month.
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May 2, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pete Mackanin walked to the mound Saturday night with two outs in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over Cleveland. The manager took the ball from Elvis Araujo as the bullpen roulette wheel spun again. A new reliever - righthander Colton Murray - jogged through the opened bullpen door in center field at Citizens Bank Park. Another inning ended without a run crossing the plate as the manager's spins continued to come up winners. The Phillies bullpen has not allowed a run in five games, a streak that spans 16 innings.
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April 29, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - The catalyst of this Phillies team with its implausible winning record through 21 games grinned as he tugged on his Nikes after Wednesday night's 3-0 shutout of the imposing Nationals. This mishmash of flawed veterans and inexperienced youth without expectations is sparked by a Rule 5-pick centerfielder who is not supposed to be this polished. Not yet, not for Odubel Herrera. And not for this team. "I feel like if I do a good job," Herrera said, "things start working for us. " The Phillies are 11-10.
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April 27, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The colored charts and graphs occupied a corner of Pete Mackanin's desk, and the 64-year-old baseball lifer inspected them on a recent afternoon. Spray charts. Hot zones. Swing tendencies. Pitch percentages. Those items were not always prioritized on the ground floor of Citizens Bank Park in previous seasons. "Numbers are important. Statistics matter," the Phillies manager said. "The new wave of analytics just delves deeper. " Baseball is awash with more information than ever, although it is still unclear what big data's place will be inside the Phillies clubhouse.
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April 22, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Peter Bourjos stepped out of the batter's box Wednesday night and watched his high fly ball drift toward the stands. David Wright charged over from third base, positioning himself to grab the third out of the 11th inning. Bourjos had seen Wright make this play before. The inning was over, he figured. Wright reached for the ball, but it landed just out of his reach, bounced off a metal advertisement box and fell into the crowd at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies had hope. And a pitch later they had a 5-4 win over the New York Mets as Bourjos beat out an infield single, scoring Freddy Galvis from third.
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