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October 3, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE DAMAGE is done, but the wounds are fresh from the Phillies' latest battle with irrelevance. The pain for fans will not fade until they know, finally, what moves the Phillies will make to correct consecutive 73-win seasons. It was their worst 2-year run since 1996-97, when managers Jim Fregosi and Terry Francona dealt with the Gregg Jefferies debacle. The pain will linger for quite a while. The players might expect change; ace Cole Hamels said as much after his last start, on Sunday.
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September 30, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
COLE HAMELS left Citizens Bank Park for the final time this season with a fat lip. He took a hard one-hopper off his face earlier in the day. "Sometimes," he said, "that happens. " It was the perfect souvenir from a season that was statistically the best of his career, but also forgettable since he had little to show for it when it all mercifully came to an end yesterday afternoon in South Philly. In the midst of retiring 20 straight Braves batters - and 24 of the final 25 he faced - Hamels took a comebacker off the bat of Tommy La Stella off his face to begin the second inning.
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September 30, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jimmy Rollins grabbed a microphone Sunday, minutes before the start of a 2-1 Phillies loss to Atlanta, and scanned Citizens Bank Park. He saw a stadium emptier than usual for a season finale. He saw his teammates, who were paid more than any Phillies team ever. Yet they slogged to a 73-89 season, the team's identical record from last season. The shortstop had to say something at this burial. "Before we're done this year, we'd like to say thank you for showing up," Rollins told the fans.
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September 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sort of history these Phillies accomplished fit all of the preseason stereotypes. No team until the 2014 Phillies ever boasted four 34-or-older players with 600 plate appearances. The geriatric jokes dogged them through the spring, and when the season ends Sunday, one of the lasting images will be how the veterans sputtered to the conclusion. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Marlon Byrd are not to blame for the franchise's failures. But it is reasonable to wonder if all four will return in 2015.
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September 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Jimmy Rollins pulled on his gray pants, donned a red Phillies long-sleeved shirt, and took his place at shortstop during batting practice Wednesday. He did not play for a 15th straight game, and his season is likely over because of a strained left hamstring. Rollins was asked whether risking a further injury in the final weekend was worth it. "Would it be wise?" he said. "It would not be wise. " In the end, prudence will prevail. The Phillies have no incentive to play Rollins.
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September 26, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - It's highly unlikely you'll see Jimmy Rollins take the field at Marlins Park this afternoon, or in the three games that follow at Citizens Bank Park to close out the 2014 season. Rollins sat out for the 15th straight game last night. He suffered a left hamstring injury on Sept. 8 and despite taking regular fielding work and batting practice in the last week, has yet to run at full speed. Although no one will say he has been shut down for the season, Rollins has pretty much been shut down for the season.
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September 25, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. rejoined the Phillies on Tuesday after two international fact-finding trips, which culminated in a private workout Monday with coveted Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas. A cadre of Phillies officials watched Tomas, who turns 24 in November, at the team's Dominican Republic complex. That showcase came after a recent trip to Japan by Amaro, who was accompanied by senior adviser Charlie Manuel and Sal Agostinelli, the Phillies' international scouting director.
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September 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. - An Athletics fan circled the upper deck of the O.co Coliseum in the seventh inning of a scoreless game with a drum strapped to his waist. He banged it three times. Fans responded with a tepid cheer: "Let's go, Oakland. " These are anguished moments for an A's team with a tenuous postseason standing. They are numb to moments like Saturday's 3-0 Phillies win, in which Freddy Galvis, a diminutive shortstop, smashed an appetizing fastball to deep right. "Surprising power, at times, for a little guy," Phils manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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September 22, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
OAKLAND - As the Phillies spread out across foul territory for their daily pre-batting-practice stretch, Jimmy Rollins paused for a moment and looked behind the visitor's dugout at O.co Coliseum. "Right there is where I used to sit and watch Mark McGwire hit home runs," the shortstop said, pointing to a section of seats in the lower bowl. The Alameda native could be doing more than watching this weekend as the Phillies continue their three-game series against the A's. Rollins has been sidelined since straining his hamstring on Sept.
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September 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Ben Revere figured it was a trick question. He scanned the Phillies clubhouse Thursday afternoon at Petco Park and looked for the team's last 50-base stealer. He glanced at Jimmy Rollins' locker. Nope, Rollins stole 47 in 2008. But the answer was somewhere in the room. "Who's that?" Revere asked. Juan Samuel, now the team's first-base coach, stole 53 bases in 1985. (Revere, 26, was born in 1988.) Every major-league team has had at least one player with 50 steals since then.
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