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April 7, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five third basemen were needed to fill out the final 116 games of the 1989 Phillies season. Mike Schmidt retired in late May from the spot he occupied for 17 years, leaving a glaring void on the hot corner. In a similar vein, another long accounted-for Phillies position was vacated in December. On Monday, for the first time since 2000, the team's opening-day shortstop will not be named James Calvin Rollins. After Rollins waived his no-trade rights to play for a contender, the Phillies did not acquire a shortstop to take his place.
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April 7, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A white Hooters tank top hung Thursday morning in Odubel Herrera's locker. Someone - likely a veteran Phillies teammate - had written the rookie's name and uniform number on the back of the tight shirt usually worn by the restaurant's waitresses. Herrera had a new batting practice top. If there was any doubt that the outfielder would be sticking with the Phillies on opening day, it was erased by the clubhouse prank. Herrera will make his major-league debut Monday as the Phillies' starting centerfielder.
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March 28, 2015 | Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla.- A throng of reporters, TV cameras, and microphones clustered near Odubel Herrera's locker after a morning workout earlier in spring training. The intriguing outfielder had yet to do a group interview. His English is limited. "Whitey," Herrera shouted to the far corner of the Phillies clubhouse. The Venezuelan sought infielder Andres Blanco, a countryman, to serve as his interpreter. Blanco walked across the room and stood by Herrera's side. He translated reporters' questions into Spanish and Herrera's answers into English.
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March 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A spring training experiment is starting to look more and more like the Phillies' opening-day outfield alignment. Each day that manager Ryne Sandberg uses his new-look outfield increases the chances that it will appear that way April 6 against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Odubel Herrera and Ben Revere spent the last four games in center field and left field, respectively. Only eight games remain on the team's Grapefruit League schedule. "I'll continue to look at different options and different things," Sandberg said.
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March 23, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first line on the lineup card posted in the Phillies clubhouse on Saturday morning read, "Revere 7. " Ben Revere, the team's everyday centerfielder the last two years, was being moved to left field for the first time in three seasons. The 26-year-old stayed back from the team's road trip on Friday to practice catching fly balls in the new position. He learned earlier in the morning he would play left and Odubel Herrera would play center Saturday against Toronto.
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March 17, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cody Asche wanted to be like Ken Griffey Jr., mainly because that's the major league player his older brother idolized. Young Venezuelan infielder Cesar Hernandez looked up to Venezuelan major league infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. Ryan Howard's baseball heroes included Griffey, Barry Bonds and Tony Gwynn. Nearly every baseball-crazed kid has a player who inspires his own big-league dreams. Someone they can follow throughout the course of the summer, hoping they get to October.
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March 6, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
TAMPA, Fla. - This is the kind of offense Ryne Sandberg envisions. All offseason, the Phillies manager has attempted to explain what he means when he says the team can improve despite a roster that lacks any obvious improvements. He has talked about line drives and grounders, about focusing on the top half of the baseball and swinging down and through, about singles and stolen bases and productive outs. Essentially, he has talked about all of the things Odubel Herrera did yesterday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field: put the ball into play in all four of his at-bats, reached base in three of them, stole three bases, scored two runs.
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February 24, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis has the unenviable task of replacing Phillies' all-time hits leader Jimmy Rollins as the team's everyday shortstop. The slick-fielding 25-year-old said Sunday he doesn't feel extra pressure because of the act he's following. "Jimmy was Jimmy. Jimmy was the man here in Philadelphia," Galvis said. "But you have to come here and play baseball. That's it. I have to do my game. I don't have to do Jimmy's game. I have to do Freddy Galvis' game and play ball.
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February 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis slightly pulled at the neck of his shirt yesterday morning to show off the battle scar of an athlete who already has put in his time before camp officially opens. Sunburn. The new Phillies shortstop arrived in Clearwater on Friday, when temperatures were hovering in the 30s. Galvis had spent the week fielding ground balls on an all-dirt baseball field in his hometown of Punto Fijo, Venezuela. "The field is like that," Galvis said, pointing to a bunch of rocks decorating the tunnel that leads to the Phillies' batting cages at Bright House Field.
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January 30, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SHORT ON starting pitching depth - and with a five-man rotation full of question marks - the Phillies added an interesting name to the mix last night. The Phillies came to an agreement on a 1-year, $1.5 million contract with righthander Chad Billingsley. The deal includes performance bonuses. Billingsley, 30, has pitched in only two big-league games since the 2012 season. He missed the entire 2014 season recovering from both Tommy John surgery (performed in April 2013) and an operation on his right flexor tendon (June 2014)
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