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April 1, 2014
JIMMY ROLLINS may not be in the lineup for the Phillies' opener today in Arlington, Texas. Rollins did not fly on the team's charter flight on Saturday since he and his wife, Johari, are expecting the couple's second child. Rollins could still join the team before the game, which begins at 2 p.m. EDT. If the Phillies have to place Rollins on the paternity list, he could stay off the roster for as many as three games (but could also return after one game missed, too). If the Phils have to call up an infielder to replace Rollins, they have options.
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April 1, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR A 2-WEEK period at the end of spring training, after watching an older group of Phillies players fail to score runs regularly, an assembly line of scouts was quoted in a couple of national media publications. Their words were less than kind. "I've been reading it," admitted Larry Bowa, the former shortstop, third-base coach and manager of the Phillies, who is currently Ryne Sandberg's bench coach. " 'They're done.' 'They're the worst team I've ever seen.' " Bowa was exaggerating, but only by a bit. Still, he disagreed with the commonly held opinion that the old, injury-plagued, once-successful Phillies were a shell of their former selves and headed for an ugly 2014 season.
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April 1, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
HERE IS a look at a six-pack of top prospects in the Phillies' farm system: MAIKEL FRANCO Age: 21 Position: Third base Scouting report: The Phillies' top prospect and Baseball America's No. 17 prospect overall stormed onto the scene last year with 31 combined home runs in the minors and a .320 batting average. In Franco's first two seasons in the Phillies' farm system, he hit .222 and .247. But in the last two seasons, he hit .280 and .320. Speed is not one of Franco's best attributes, but the third baseman relies on soft hands and fairly good actions at the hot corner.
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April 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies did not break camp in Clearwater last week - which brings to mind a crisp departure like a football team clapping in unison as it exits the huddle - as much as they escaped it. Their six weeks in Florida were attended by the requisite rituals of spring, although not by nearly as many fans as in the past, and from the outside it was just another normal slow buildup to the grind of the regular season. But any camp that includes an outbreak of a potentially life-threatening staph infection in the clubhouse is not one that will be remembered fondly.
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March 29, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Reports earlier this spring about the Phillies were dire, with the narrative of an aging team that has passed its prime and is ready for another plummeting season. And while few are picking the Phillies to be a postseason team following a 73-89 season, two scouts who have seen them extensively this spring have a slightly more optimistic look. Both think the Phillies can be competitive - but only if they stay healthy. The scouts (Scout 1 and Scout 2 because they requested anonymity)
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March 29, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Over his 14 years in the major leagues, Jimmy Rollins has changed and stayed the same in all the ways you'd expect, unless you are the Phillies. He has remained a terrific defensive shortstop, his arm still strong and accurate, his positioning and footwork still sound, his range still more than adequate. His offensive production has declined, a trend common to a player who is 35 years old, and is likely to continue to decline. And his ego has stayed healthy, commensurate with a career in which he won the National League MVP award, should soon become the Phillies' all-time hits leader, and sometimes presumed that he could get away with giving less than full effort.
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March 29, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
One day they will hold a ceremony for each and every one of them at Citizens Bank Park. A plaque with their likenesses, names, and career accomplishments will be attached to the brick wall in center field that is reserved for only the most revered of Phillies. They will receive a standing ovation and be asked to make a speech, and it will be a special night with their former teammates and other Phillies greats by their side. That's not just a forecast for the futures of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, and Cole Hamels.
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March 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - One of the more pleasant surprises in baseball last year was the progress of Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown, at least through the first part of the season. Brown, who never had more than 212 plate appearances in his first three seasons with the Phillies, became a National League all-star. He finished his first full season hitting .272 with 27 home runs and 83 RBIs in 540 plate appearances. The only person who didn't consider Brown's season a surprise was the leftfielder himself.
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March 25, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Here's the great part about Jimmy Rollins occasionally holding a metal bat atop City Hall during a lightning storm: The flash it produces often blinds us, temporarily at least, to some of the Phillies' other concerns of this enigmatic spring. Ryan Howard hit just his second home run the other day. Chase Utley is batting .196 with just one extra-base hit. And then there's Dom Brown. Until he doubled twice yesterday in the 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins, Brown had just six hits in 38 at-bats and had whiffed 13 times.
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March 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was calm, cool, and composed. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. couldn't have been more livid. Both were responding to an ESPN.com report claiming that some Phillies officials want Rollins to be a better leader through his work habits. Some in the organization want to trade him if he does not improve, the website said. After morning batting practice before Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Rollins said he had heard about the report.
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