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March 14, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Let's start with Dan Jennings. He is the new general manager of the Marlins, and he said something interesting the other day. This was in the Boston Globe, in a story about Marlins slugger and human trade rumor Giancarlo Stanton. In his first 4 years in the majors, the 24-year-old outfielder has developed a reputation for two things: pulverizing baseballs and spending time on the disabled list. In baseball circles, the latter is often treated as seriously as the former.
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March 14, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jimmy Rollins' 3-day hiatus from the starting lineup will come to an end this afternoon in Bradenton, Fla., when he is scheduled to bat second and play shortstop against the Pittsburgh Pirates. But yesterday, when his odd absence from the lineup was entering a third day, Rollins thought Ryne Sandberg was angry with him. And the manager juggled an excuse for resting the former MVP while also admitting there was an issue at hand, too. "Obviously he's upset about something," Rollins said shortly after arriving at the ballpark yesterday.
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March 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The game was nearly over as Domonic Brown found the chair in front of his locker stall, sat down and chucked his cleats aside. He was likely en route to joining Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley in the indoor cages. Even though they were subbed out of the lineup, the two longest-tenured Phillies players were not finished for the day. Instead, they were working up a new sweat, taking swings in the batting cage that sits under the infamous Tiki Bar at Bright House Field.
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March 11, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Guys like Jeff Manship inhabit a strange world in spring training. One side of the clubhouse shows the normal order of things, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard and Chase Utley listening to music and watching television and eating breakfast together around a rectangular table. Another side bubbles with the immortality of youth, minor league teammates like Jesse Biddle and Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr talking among themselves as they soak it all in, well aware that the exit papers jettisoning them to minor league camp could be signed any day, that their most consequential big-league camps are yet to come.
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March 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddie Freeman walked to home plate Wednesday with two outs in the third inning. Reid Brignac, the Phillies third baseman, jogged to the opposite side of the field. He positioned himself between second baseman Chase Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who occupied the center of the diamond. The Phillies employed a defensive shift, and Freeman responded by slapping a pitch to left field for a single. This was not a momentous occasion, although manager Ryne Sandberg later revealed that his team would adopt a practice common elsewhere in baseball.
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March 6, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Three days after Erik Kratz was traded from his hometown Phillies to the Toronto Blue Jays, the team that originally drafted him, he wondered about his vacation plans. "Wait a minute," Kratz recalled. "I said yes to the cruise thing. " The Phillies asked Kratz last summer to attend their annual fan trip with Domonic Brown and former players Tommy Greene and Greg Luzinski. But he was dealt to Toronto on Dec. 3 for reliever Brad Lincoln, a transaction that surprised Kratz.
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February 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Baseball's season of change started Wednesday for a Phillies team trying to recapture its past with a core of mid-30-somethings. This is the year of expanding replay, a 20th-century technology that baseball finally has fully embraced in a long-overdue effort to get as many calls as possible right. It also was going to be the year that home-plate collisions were outlawed, but that idea recently was reviewed and replaced by a rule that allows certain home-plate collisions but not others.
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February 24, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The two best shortstops in Phillies history are together again. The older one was perceived as being great because he squeezed every ounce of his ability from his once scrawny body to become a five-time all-star and three-time Gold Glove winner. He got so good that he finished third in the National League MVP voting in 1978. The younger one was perceived as being great because he had so much pure talent - five tools incomprehensible for a man of his size - and it allowed him to become a three-time all-star, a four-time Gold Glove winner, and the 2007 National League MVP. In each case, the perceptions sell the short men short.
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February 18, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When he walked into the clubhouse for the first time yesterday morning, Bobby Abreu came in with an arm interlocked with Jimmy Rollins. When he returned to the home clubhouse at Bright House Field following his workout since rejoining the Phillies, Abreu walked side by side with Rollins and Marlon Byrd. Teammates a decade earlier, Abreu, Byrd and Rollins are together again as the Phillies attempt to bounce back from back-to-back underwhelming seasons and return to contention.
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February 11, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It has long been the winter retreat for the Phillies and their faithful, a place to get warm and to dream with the sand, surf, and palm trees serving as the perfect picturesque backdrop. And so the Phillies will gather in Clearwater, Fla., again this week for the start of another spring training. Pitchers and catchers will work out for the first time Thursday, and there are sure to be plenty of early-arriving position players, too. Hope and faith probably will not be accompanying as many snowbirds as usual this February and March.
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