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April 8, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THIS YEAR, they are resigned to their fate. For more than a decade, Phillies fans embraced Opening Day with happier mindsets than they had yesterday. It ranged from vaguely interested, in the days of Scott Rolen, Pat Burrell and Jimmy Rollins; to mildly hopeful, both with the Jim Thome/Kevin Millwood editions and the Cole Hamels/Chase Utley/Ryan Howard editions; and moved up to downright entitled when they added Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Cliff Lee - Lee, twice.
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April 1, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
BRADENTON, Fla. - It was only a year ago that the Phillies seemed oblivious to the reality that they faced. As late as last June, the front office bristled at the notion that it should focus its attention squarely on the future. But as Ruben Amaro Jr. stood outside the visitors' dugout at McKechnie Field yesterday, he left little doubt that his philosophy had changed. "This year is more about our future than our present," the general manager said. "We've said that many times.
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April 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRADENTON, Fla. - McKechnie Field's public address announcer instructed the fans to remove their caps. The national anthem was ready to be performed. That is when the nerves kicked in Monday. "Here we go," said Larry Eflin, his shaky right hand covering his heart. His son, Phillies pitching prospect Zach Eflin, stood below in the bullpen. Preparations were all but finished for Eflin's first game against major-league hitters. His father could only watch. Zach Eflin pitched the first three innings of an 18-4 Grapefruit League loss against Pittsburgh.
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March 30, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Zach Eflin had to step outside Frenchy's beachfront restaurant on Friday evening. His phone was buzzing, and a band was playing inside. The call was from Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. The pitching prospect had no idea why Jordan was calling. Jordan told Eflin that he will start Monday for the Phillies when they travel south to Bradenton. The 20-year-old will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first game against a major-league opponent.
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March 30, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Jimmy Rollins sat at his corner locker stall and nodded toward one locker designated for Yasiel Puig and another belonging to Clayton Kershaw. "You've got 66 and 22. Those are the stars," Rollins said, referring to the players by their uniform numbers. "Everybody else falls in behind them. And that's quite OK. You just do your job, and if they do their jobs, they get the headlines. " If there was ever an indication of Rollins' new life with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it's this admission.
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March 20, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It's not officially over for Cliff Lee. All he needs is a miracle, and he could be back throwing on a mound near you before the end of the summer. Even he concedes that is unlikely. "It's fairly likely it will remain the same," the Phillies lefthander said Monday at Bright House Field after the team placed him on the 60-day disabled list and announced that he will attempt a third rehab of his aching left elbow. Surgery has been recommended, but that would end Lee's season and tenure with the Phillies.
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March 17, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Things are different for the Phillies this spring. Everyone knows and acknowledges this. From 2004 through 2012, the Phillies came here with the expectation that they would compete for, if not presume to win, the National League East. In 2013 and 2014, they came here with the hope of repeating that success, even if anyone who had foreseen the team's predictable downward trajectory recognized that hope was faint. This spring is not like those springs. The expectations are minimal.
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March 10, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - J.P. Crawford was taking batting practice this winter near his home in California when a friend told him through the cage that Jimmy Rollins had been traded. The departure of the longest-tenured shortstop in Phillies history opened a clearer path for the team's shortstop of the future. "I was like 'Hmm. Good place to be in,' " Crawford said Sunday morning before the first full-squad workout for minor-league players. Baseball America ranks Crawford as the Phillies' top prospect and the 14th-best in all of baseball.
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March 3, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
   Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth were considered core players during the Phillies' run of five straight National League East titles. Werth was the first to leave after the 2010 season, with Victorino following in 2012 and Rollins after last season.    Here's a look at how those six players have performed since Werth joined the Washington Nationals in 2011: Player   G   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   AVG.   OBP.   SLG.   OPS Jayson Werth   507   1857   280   523   108   5   66   253   .282   .375   .452   .826 Chase Utley   472   1764   249   474   97   20   51   236   .269   .347   .433   .780 Carlos Ruiz   448   1473   178   416   96   1   33   176   .282   .360   .416   .776 Shane Victorino   438   1714   263   470   88   26   45   189   .274   .338   .435   .773 Ryan Howard   456   1672   208   401   79   4   81   310   .240   .321   .437   .759 Jimmy Rollins   596   2337   332   592   113   13   62   225   .253   .323   .392   .716 Source: BaseballReference.com - Bob Brookover
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February 28, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The two most assumable things when the gates swung open at Citizens Bank Park in April of 2004 were that no elite pitchers would ever want to come to Philadelphia and the Phillies would never finish last in baseball in home runs. In the ballpark's infancy, lots of guys pitched and moaned about the close proximity of the left-field flower beds to home plate. Recently named Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz infamously called the ballpark a "joke" and "the worst decision ever made" because of how easy it was to hit a home run there.
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