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June 12, 1994 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was hard to say which stayed in the air longer last night - Gregg Jefferies' three-run line-drive home run off the foul pole or the glove Shawn Boskie flipped toward the Big Dipper after watching it. But whatever, when the baseball and the glove both had fallen to earth, another three-run home run by a Cardinal had ruined another perfectly fine evening at Veterans Stadium. And when that evening was over, the Phillies were sliding back down the wrong side of Mount .500, looking for a ski lift.
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April 7, 1995 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He carries himself around the clubhouse in the confident, comfortable manner of the rich and successful. And given the $20 million free-agent contract he signed with the Phillies in December, that would seem to be his right. He smiles a lot and answers questions politely. But it's that "Dare-Me" look in his eyes that seems to reveal the real Gregg Jefferies, that helps explain both his stardom in St. Louis and his trauma in New York. They're the eyes of a natural-born hitter, one who never backed down from a pitcher, one who hit .342 with the '93 Cardinals and .325 last season.
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August 29, 1995 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Purists of the game still argue which was the more spectacular display. Was it the tantrum thrown by Gregg Jefferies on the Saturday of that mangled series in Chicago's Wrigley Field? Or the one that Sunday? Now that Jefferies has sworn off throwing fits - not to mention helmets, bats and gloves - and now that he's hitting .301 and appearing to justify his $20 million free-agent contract, the high-strung Phillie can even analyze that hazy July weekend in Chicago with a clear eye. "I embarrassed myself.
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February 21, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gregg Jefferies is the baseball answer to those optical-illusion paintings that, depending on your perspective, show either a vase or two faces in profile. Look at him this way and he's immature. Look at him that way and he's intense. This way, he's selfish. That way, he's so focused and driven he is almost oblivious to what is happening around him. During the first half of last season - his first after signing a four-year, $20 million contract with the Phillies - Jefferies struggled.
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June 17, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Don't bother Gregg Jefferies with that talk about the St. Louis Cardinals' seven doubleplays - the most important numbers to him are the final score. "Those doubleplays are a meaningless stat," the Cardinals first baseman said after St. Louis fell, 7-5, to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 innings, despite tying the major league record for turning doubleplays. "This is ridiculous. We find a different way to lose every day. " Jeff King's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th drove home the go-ahead run and lifted the Pirates.
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December 29, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
The Detroit Tigers shook up their outfield yesterday, signing free agent Gregg Jefferies and getting Karim Garcia from the Arizona Diamondbacks for Luis Gonzalez and cash considerations. Jefferies was signed to a two-year deal with a club option for a third season at undisclosed financial terms. He made $6 million last season with the Phillies and Anaheim Angels. Anaheim decided against picking up a $5 million option. The swap of Gonzalez for Garcia is an exchange of lefthanded hitting outfielders.
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May 22, 1997 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Kevin Foster spent less than a year in the Phillies' organization. He was acquired in June 1993 from the Seattle Mariners for Bob Ayrault, traded to the Cubs the following April for Shawn Boskie. That was long enough, apparently, for him to develop a little bit of an attitude about the Phils. "Any time you pitch against a team that didn't think you would ever make it, there's something extra there," the 28-year-old righthander said after blanking the Phillies on three hits in seven-plus innings yesterday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
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April 28, 1995 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
The Phillies and Cardinals are no longer in the same division. Realignment took care of that. But there are still links that stoke a rivalry. Phillies general manager Lee Thomas has deep Cardinals roots, and was under serious consideration when St. Louis was looking for a GM last offseason. Manager Jim Fregosi managed the Cardinals' Triple A team at Louisville. Danny Jackson, the Phillies' best starter in 1994, became a free agent and signed with St. Louis. Gregg Jefferies, the Cardinals' best hitter last season, became a free agent and signed with the Phillies.
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August 21, 1993 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Gregg Jefferies has a chance to become the first first baseman to lead a league in stolen bases since Frank Chance of the Chicago Cubs in 1906. Jefferies has 36 steals for the St. Louis Cardinals, two behind NL leader Vince Coleman, who has been dismissed from the Mets with full pay while awaiting the outcome of assault charges in Los Angeles. Tim Salmon homered in his fourth straight game Thursday night. He leads major-league rookies with 28 home runs and 81 RBIs, and is the first California player to homer in four consecutive games since Devon White in 1989.
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January 20, 1995 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Keep your eye on the ball. That's the most basic rule of hitting, isn't it, what a kid is told the first time he hefts a toy bat to his shoulder? Keep your eye on the ball. Think Pete Rose, that unforgettable image, following a pitch all the way into the catcher's glove. So what are we supposed to make of this? Here's Gregg Jefferies, on a damp and overcast afternoon late last week, taking batting practice. His dad, Rich, is getting the ball up to the plate with some zip from, maybe, 45 feet away.
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August 28, 2003 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On a lazy August afternoon in 1995, former Phillies star Johnny Callison and his wife, Dianne, were having lunch at a Bucks County tavern when a familiar topic arose. "The bartender was talking about how someone had just missed it recently," Dianne Callison recalled not long afterward. "I said I hope that never happened. " Their topic was a Phillies-Pirates game at Forbes Field in 1963. That day, Callison had pulled off one of baseball's rarest feats - collecting a single, double, triple and homer.
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December 15, 2000 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies will officially announce the signing of free-agent relief pitcher Ricky Bottalico today. Bottalico, 31, was in Philadelphia yesterday for his physical exam. To make room on the 40-man roster for Bottalico, the Phillies will designate a player for assignment. This is Bottalico's second tour of duty with the Phillies. As the team's closer in 1996, the righthander converted 34 of 38 save opportunities and earned a spot on the National League all-star team. He saved 34 games again in 1997 but was limited to 39 games and just six saves by elbow surgery in 1998.
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March 29, 1999 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Gregg Jefferies won't look back in anger. He came to Philadelphia as a free-agent superstar before the 1995 season and had the four-year, $20 million contract to prove it. He left last Aug. 31 as just another guy, traded to Anaheim for a Class A pitcher named Doug Nickle. He had hoped to stay with the Angels to be closer to his Northern California home. Instead, he ended up signing a two-year, $4.875 million contract with Detroit. He didn't play in the Tigers' 5-4, 10-inning exhibition win over the Phillies yesterday at Joker Marchant Stadium.
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December 29, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
The Detroit Tigers shook up their outfield yesterday, signing free agent Gregg Jefferies and getting Karim Garcia from the Arizona Diamondbacks for Luis Gonzalez and cash considerations. Jefferies was signed to a two-year deal with a club option for a third season at undisclosed financial terms. He made $6 million last season with the Phillies and Anaheim Angels. Anaheim decided against picking up a $5 million option. The swap of Gonzalez for Garcia is an exchange of lefthanded hitting outfielders.
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August 29, 1998 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the Phillies lavished $20 million on free agent Gregg Jefferies in December 1994, the move was viewed as the organization's most significant signing since Bill Giles lured Pete Rose to Philadelphia before the 1979 season. There were plenty of reasons for the Phils to feel good about the signing. Only 27 at the time, Jefferies had hit a combined .335 with 28 homers, 138 RBIs and 58 stolen bases the previous two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was considered a budding offensive star, and the words potential Hall of Famer were occasionally attached to his name.
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August 27, 1998 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
The photographer walks into the Phillies' clubhouse and heads directly for Gregg Jefferies's locker. He needs to - click! - take someone's picture to turn into a poster to illustrate how things are going these days for the red-and-white (with a touch of blue), and good, ol' Gregg has been chosen. Jefferies batted four times last night at Veterans Stadium as the Phillies fell to the kind-of-mighty San Diego Padres, 2-0, to dip five games under .500 (64-69) for the first time all season and make their combined record on the last two homestands an unsightly 8-16.
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July 29, 1998 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the day he shuffled his lineup by elevating rookie Desi Relaford to second in the batting order and dropping Gregg Jefferies to fifth, Phillies manager Terry Francona all but said the move would be permanent. Less than two weeks later, Relaford is back hitting eighth and Jefferies second. "I didn't view it as an experiment, but it's not working out as intended," said Francona, who went back to the old lineup for last night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. "We'll probably stay like this the rest of the season.
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July 29, 1998 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
The change wasn't made lightly. Terry Francona agonized for days before moving Desi Relaford up from eighth to second in the batting order and dropping Gregg Jefferies from second to fifth. "I just think this has a chance to make us better," the manager explained, sitting in the dugout at Shea Stadium. That was 10 days ago. When the lineups were exchanged for last night's game against the Dodgers, though, Jefferies was back to hitting second and Relaford was again slotted in front of the pitcher.
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June 23, 1998 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Boston Red Sox fans cry in their microbrews over the ones who got away, Curt Schilling's name usually elicits a sob or two. All right, he's no Babe Ruth. But like Jeff Bagwell, Brady Anderson and Ellis Burks, Schilling was drafted and reared by the Red Sox, only to become a star somewhere else. Last night, at sold-out Fenway Park, against the backdrop of another incredible comeback victory by the Phillies, 33,592 Red Sox crazies got to see the best and worst of the pitcher who got away.
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June 2, 1998 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The calendar flipped from May to June yesterday, and who could have blamed the Phillies if the occasion stirred some trepidation deep inside their collective soul? Last June, after all, they lost 22 of 26 games and were nearly declared a federal disaster by President Clinton when he stopped by the clubhouse while the team was in Baltimore for a series. Barely resembling the team that swooned last June, the Phils opened the new June with a rousing 6-2, come-from-behind victory over the Montreal Expos last night in front of 16,704 at the Vet. "You can never predict how you're going to do in a given month," manager Terry Francona said.
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