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September 11, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The transformation began four summers ago with a bullpen session at the Jersey Shore. Ten games at single-A Lakewood yielded a 6.93 ERA, and like every 30th-round draft pick, Jake Diekman faced baseball mortality. He was called into a meeting with three Phillies officials. They asked the lanky lefthander to throw side-armed. "It was either that or probably get released," Diekman said. "So, yeah. " Bob Milacki, Lakewood's pitching coach, issued simple instructions: "See how low you can go. " Diekman, now one of the hardest-throwing Phillies relievers in the last decade, reenacted it last weekend.
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May 9, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TORONTO - In the span of 12 days, Jake Diekman went from being one of the most difficult pitchers in baseball to hit a home run off of to a guy who was getting way too accustomed to craning his neck and watching one of his pitches fly over an outfield wall. Diekman allowed three home runs in a span of six appearances late last month. Before the first one, a game-winning grand slam to Atlanta's Dan Uggla on April 14, Diekman had allowed just two home runs in his first 84 major league games.
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March 18, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was an interesting day for the Phillies' bullpen competition. Two guys who were once in it are out. Jake Diekman and Justin De Fratus were optioned to minor-league camp Sunday before the Phillies' 5-3 exhibition win over the Baltimore Orioles. Jeremy Horst, a lefty with an inside track to one of the three vacant spots because of the way he pitched last season, threw two scoreless innings and allowed just one hit, but he did not get a glowing review from pitching coach Rich Dubee.
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June 7, 2015
Justin De Fratus remembers Marlon Byrd pulling him aside last April after De Fratus was demoted to the minors. The veteran outfielder told De Fratus to be mad. This was his time to be angry, Byrd told him. "But when you get there tomorrow, it's time to work," Byrd told De Fratus. De Fratus passed along that advice on Thursday night to Jake Diekman after the lefthanded reliever was optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Diekman is one of De Fratus' best friends. He said he has no doubt that Diekman will respond to being sent down.
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February 25, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKELAND, Fla. - Jake Diekman is right in the middle of the competition. Three spots are open in the Phillies' bullpen, and the lefthander with the funky sidearm delivery wants one of them, but he respects the talent level of his friendly adversaries. "There are 13 pitchers who have crazy big talent," Diekman said. "It's going to be a fun spring training just to see everybody throw because there is so much talent. " Jonathan Papelbon will be the closer. Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo will handle the primary setup roles, and veteran Chad Durbin will be among the middle relievers.
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May 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Before Jake Diekman walks to the bullpen, the place where he honed a twisting motion to generate the hardest fastball thrown by any lefthanded reliever in baseball, he will ascend the dugout steps Sunday and join a line of his Phillies teammates. The public-address announcer at Citi Field will ask fans to remove their hats. Diekman does not remember the last thing he said to his mother, Billie, before she suffered a heart attack Feb. 4, 2007, and died in a Nebraska hospital.
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October 2, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES have parted ways with pitching coach Rich Dubee, a move that does not come as a surprise given the change at manager. Like most managers, Ryne Sandberg will want to pick his own top lieutenants, although the decision not to renew Dubee's contract is the only change the Phillies have announced at this point. Dubee just completed his ninth season as the Phillies' pitching coach. It was his 12th year in the organization. The Phillies were disappointed with the performance of their pitching staff this season, particularly with regard to some of the younger arms they were counting on to step up in relief roles.
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April 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies' biggest free-agent outlay this winter brought them a 36-year-old righthander pitching for his eighth team in five years. The allure of adding a $5 million pitcher such as Aaron Harang, though, goes deeper. The well-traveled veteran eats innings. Relief pitching figures to be the strength of this year's Phillies. The more innings logged by starters such as Harang and fellow journeyman Jerome Williams, the less wear and tear in a rebuilding year on the young bullpen arms that are sure to factor into the team's future.
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August 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The drastic retooling of the Phillies' farm system continued Wednesday as the team got prospects in a trade for the fourth time in seven months. The Phillies acquired six players - including three of Texas' top five prospects - in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman. Righthander Jake Thompson, catcher Jorge Alfaro, and outfielder Nick Williams will rank among the Phillies' top 10 prospects. At least five of the 10 have been acquired through trades. Righthanders Zach Eflin and Ben Lively and lefthander Tom Windle are in the organization's top 10, according to Baseball America.
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May 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
ST. LOUIS - The Phillies bullpen entered the season as one of the team's glaring uncertainties. A month into the season, it has been an obvious reason for the team's surprising start. The unit - which entered Wednesday with 98 strikeouts in 87 innings - is finding success without having firepower. It is unconventional, but it is working. The Phillies relief pitchers, according to PitchF/X data, throw an average fastball of 91.7 mph. It is the fourth-slowest mark by a Phillies bullpen since the data began being tracked in 2007.
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January 19, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Growing up in Galveston, Texas, Nick Williams spent a lot of time in his backyard hitting golf balls without a golf club. He was a kid who loved baseball, and kids who love baseball often love hitting home runs, and Williams savored the chance to track how far a baseball would go once his bat struck it. His father might throw him 200 pitches during a batting-practice session, Williams said, and he'd swing from his heels at every one. But he particularly...
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January 14, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
One hundred and 99 days ago, the Phillies introduced Andy MacPhail as their president-in-waiting, the successor to Hall of Fame executive Pat Gillick. MacPhail, a lifelong baseball man who had stepped away from the game for more than three years, sat down that night in a private box at Citizens Bank Park to get a closer look at what he was getting himself into. The Phillies were beginning a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers and even though they owned the worst record in baseball, the Brewers were only two games better in the National League standings.
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September 4, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A YEAR AGO - on Sept. 2, 2014, the day after Labor Day - Pat Gillick stood in the hallway in between the dugout and the visitor's clubhouse at Turner Field and spoke about one of the most difficult resources in professional sports. He talked about the importance of patience, particularly when running or rooting for a team in transition. Gillick's quasi-state of the franchise address came about 24 hours after four of his pitchers combined for a no-hit win over the Braves. Three of those pitchers - Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon - have since moved on in trades, while Ken Giles has moved into the closer's role on the suddenly youthful Phillies roster.
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August 19, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pete Mackanin sat behind his desk Sunday in the visiting managers' office at Miller Park and recounted another Phillies loss in Milwaukee. His offense was listless. His starting pitcher was shelled. The interim manager then pointed to the performance of his bullpen. The Phillies used three relievers on Sunday who pieced together 31/3 scoreless innings to keep the game manageable after Aaron Harang's early exit. Adam Loewen, Hector Neris, and Cesar Jimenez allowed just one hit. "I saw some good things from the bullpen," Mackanin said.
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August 6, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
TRENTON - Nick Williams walked down the hallway with an ear-to-ear grin as he headed toward his team's locker room. His new Double A, Reading Fightin Phils teammates greeted him with cheers and loud club music as soon as he cracked open the door. They didn't want to start their celebration routine without the newly acquired centerfielder and leadoff hitter, formerly of the Texas Rangers organization. Williams and starting pitcher Jake Thompson were two of the five minor league prospects acquired in the Cole Hamels deal, which sent the former Phillies ace and reliever Jake Diekman to Texas last Wednesday.
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August 3, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Ruben Amaro Jr. was supposed to be explaining why he and the Phillies had traded Cole Hamels and what they had received in return, but for a few seconds Friday afternoon, he did something rather remarkable, shrinking the Citizens Bank Park news conference room into a confessional. Amaro sounded like a man who had found religion when it came to what he and the Phillies had done wrong in their recent history. For Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman, Amaro, team president Pat Gillick, and president-in-waiting Andy MacPhail coaxed five prospects from the Texas Rangers.
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August 1, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Updated at 12:00 p.m. Friday:   The trade is now official . The corner locker stall long occupied by Cole Hamels remained untouched Thursday afternoon, a day after the Phillies agreed to trade their ace pitcher to the Texas Rangers for five prospects. Jake Diekman, the hard-throwing reliever also in the deal, arrived to Citizens Bank Park per usual and plopped down in the bullpen at the start of the game. Such is the awkwardness occasionally involved with the formalities attached to multiplayer trades.
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August 1, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Updated at 12:00 p.m. Friday: The trade is now official. The Phillies, in a warped sort of way, just showed the world what a big-market team is capable of doing. The purse strings they pulled in order to get six players in return for staff ace Cole Hamels and wildly inconsistent reliever Jake Diekman showed that they are willing to spend in an attempt to get better. It was the business of a bad baseball team, but not a cheap one. In order to get three of the Texas Rangers' better prospects - outfielder Nick Williams, pitcher Jake Thompson and catcher Jorge Alfaro - the Phillies opted to eat a lot of Hamels' money and take on the hefty contract of veteran pitcher Matt Harrison, who is unlikely to recapture the form that got him that huge five-year deal in January 2013.
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August 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The drastic retooling of the Phillies' farm system continued Wednesday as the team got prospects in a trade for the fourth time in seven months. The Phillies acquired six players - including three of Texas' top five prospects - in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman. Righthander Jake Thompson, catcher Jorge Alfaro, and outfielder Nick Williams will rank among the Phillies' top 10 prospects. At least five of the 10 have been acquired through trades. Righthanders Zach Eflin and Ben Lively and lefthander Tom Windle are in the organization's top 10, according to Baseball America.
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