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July 24, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
FORGET ABOUT the vesting option. Forget about the outspokenness. If you want to know why Jonathan Papelbon is still giving you something to boo, just look at the closers who have been traded over the last year. PLAYER A: 2.02 ERA, 122 saves, 9 blown saves, 8.7 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 1.0 HR/9 PLAYER B: 2.32 ERA, 122 saves, 15 blown saves, 9.5 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9 Torn? What if I told you Player A is three years younger than Player B? The Angels decided they wanted Player A last year, so they traded a marginal top-100 second-base prospect and three lesser minor leaguers for Huston Street.
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April 17, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE
CINCINNATI - The explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line and the horrific aftermath that followed were just playing out when most of the Phillies arrived at Great American Ball Park on Monday. Other than a few words spoken in hushed tones, the normally lively clubhouse was quiet. All eyes were glued to the TV screens as the anchorman from a cable station read aloud the latest reports. Jonathan Papelbon went up to one of the TVs and pointed. "I used to live right above where one of the bombs went off," the veteran closer said.
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July 15, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
CINCINNATI - From his perspective, Jonathan Papelbon cannot understand why any Phillies fan would not want him to do whatever it takes to get out of Philadelphia. Never mind the $13 million he's being paid. The Phillies have not lived up to the deal he bargained for - to be on a World Series-caliber team. Sure, he signed a 4-year deal worth $52 million in 2011 but Papelbon said he did not come to the Phillies to pitch for a team that has decayed into the worst in baseball.
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September 27, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Jonathan Papelbon could not talk on Friday afternoon about the three-game suspension levied earlier in the day by Major League Baseball. Any comments, Papelbon said, would disrupt the appeal process as he disagrees with the league's notion that he purposely threw at a batter on Wednesday night. But, the former Phillies closer could talk about other topics. Like his decision to approve a trade to Washington in July, believing the move would mark a return to the postseason.
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September 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - When Pete Mackanin and the Phillies arrived at Nationals Park yesterday afternoon, they had the chance to take part in the conclusion of the National League East race before the end of the weekend - and possibly as early as today. The New York Mets' magic number to clinch the division was 3, meaning that any combination of Mets wins and Nationals losses that totaled three in the coming weekend would crown New York the champ and eliminate Washington from playoff contention.
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July 30, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TORONTO - Jonathan Papelbon's long Philadelphia nightmare has come to an end. Papelbon, who joined the Phillies with open arms in November 2011, signing the richest contract for a relief pitcher in baseball history, was traded yesterday to the Washington Nationals for a Double-A pitching prospect. Papelbon, 34, will jump into the closer's role formerly held by longtime, popular Washington reliever Drew Storen. All Storen did to lose his job was convert 29 of 31 save opportunities this season.
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June 11, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
BALTIMORE - Jonathan Papelbon threw two pitches from about 40 feet in the visitors' bullpen at Camden Yards in the top of the 10th inning, and that represented a day's work Sunday. The Phillies lost, 5-4, to the Baltimore Orioles for their seventh walk-off loss of the season. Papelbon, the $50 million closer, has not pitched in any of those games. Charlie Manuel has played those situations by the book. Managers typically will not use their closer in a tie game on the road, instead opting to hold him back for a save situation.
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April 30, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE LEGACY of Ruben Amaro Jr. will center not on the three playoff trips or on the Phillies' seventh World Series appearance. Instead, Amaro will be remembered for the crippling contracts given to veterans who failed to produce because of injury, ineptness or age. Some of those contracts went to future Hall of Famers in their twilights - Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, maybe Jimmy Rollins. Others went to unquestioned stars: Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee, streaky Cole Hamels, who has yet to earn a Cy Young Award or even win 20 games.
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February 26, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Papelbon has a job in the Phillies' bullpen, while Mike Stutes is trying to win his back this spring. Neither had encouraging starts in his Grapefruit League debut in the Phils' 10-1 loss Monday to the Detroit Tigers at Bright House Field. Papelbon couldn't even complete an inning. He allowed five hits and two walks to seven of the nine batters he faced in the fifth inning. Papelbon also served up close to 1,000 feet of home-run balls. After Detroit prospect Nick Castellanos turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 Detroit lead with a blast to center, reigning Triple Crown winner and American League MVP Miguel Cabrera annihilated a pitch for a three-run shot.
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August 2, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon were the two guys Ruben Amaro Jr. had to have when they became free agents, and the Phillies general manager spent $170 million to get them. No free agent from outside the organization has ever been paid more than Lee, and no closer in baseball history has ever received more than Papelbon. Both players, of course, said Philadelphia was the place they'd rather be when they joined the Phillies. "Here I am," Lee said upon his return to the franchise in December 2010.
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July 2, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The calendar flips to July on Friday, which means the countdown to baseball's trade deadline has begun. During Ruben Amaro's seven-year reign as Phillies general manager, it was almost always a fascinating time of year. One year it was Cliff Lee coming in from Cleveland at the trade deadline, the next it was Roy Oswalt from Houston to fill the vacancy left by the offseason trade that sent Lee to Seattle. At the 2011 deadline, Amaro acquired Hunter Pence in a four-for-one deal that filled the right-field vacancy created by Jayson Werth's free-agent departure to Washington and Domonic Brown's inability to live up to his top-prospect status.
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June 14, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Cameron Rupp offered a few words to Jeanmar Gomez and then slapped the pitcher on the back. There was not much for the catcher to say. The task was simple. One more out and the Phillies were flying out of Washington with a win. The task proved to be too much. Jayson Werth ripped a two-run single up the middle. Gomez reached with his glove but never had a chance, and the Phillies left Nationals Park with a 5-4 loss Sunday afternoon. Their sixth straight loss to Washington proved to be the most brutal of them all. The Phillies - who looked dormant for much of the weekend - rallied from three runs down and went ahead in the ninth.
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April 30, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Cameron Rupp roared into second base on Thursday evening and pounded his fists. The Phillies finally found a run, breaking a scoreless tie in the ninth inning against one of baseball's top teams. Rupp skied a fly ball that soared past the reach of Bryce Harper and fell into deep right field, scoring the winning run of a 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. The Phillies - the team picked to finish as one of baseball's worst teams - had shocked the first-place Nationals again, completing a three-game sweep at Nationals Park.
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April 19, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
In the season's first two weeks, the Phillies received more production from the No. 9 spot in the lineup than what their leadoff hitters mustered. The manager batted Freddy Galvis first on Sunday "for lack of a better option" and, naturally, Galvis stood at the plate in the most decisive moment of a 3-2 comeback win over Washington. He was the perfect hitter to oppose Jonathan Papelbon. The diminutive but aggressive shortstop swung at a fastball, high and outside. The ball sailed over Jayson Werth's head in left.
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March 22, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - About a dozen fans who lounged on the grass berm beyond the outfield rushed Sunday afternoon to a fence near the visiting bullpen. Between the fourth and fifth innings of a meaningless Grapefruit League game, they snapped photos of the righthander with the flat orange brim of his cap pulled down. Ken Giles, Houston Astros closer, was throwing. He was greeted by a smattering of cheers. His first fastball registered 97 m.p.h. The next one, displayed on the scoreboard to fans at Bright House Field, went 99 m.p.h.
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December 9, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NASHVILLE - Matt Klentak is in his first year as general manager of the Phillies. But he is a veteran of the Winter Meetings, a conclave of baseball figures from clubhouse attendants to team presidents. And the one thing Klentak said he has learned at the Winter Meetings is that trades "can come together pretty quickly. " One of those moves could be Klentak's deal of Phillies closer Ken Giles, who is shaping up to be one of the most attractive relief pitchers on the market. Houston and the Chicago Cubs are two of the teams that have reportedly talked to the Phillies about Giles.
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October 6, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
LANDOVER, Md. - DeMarco Murray is a star. He dresses the part. He carefully tightened the knot of his beige tie. It formed a perfect dimple over his tailored, patterned shirt, and it nicely set off his tailored blue suit. The ensemble radiated glamour in the crowded, smelly visitor's locker room. These, as it turns out, are Murray's fighting clothes. No longer will he play the good soldier. No longer will he keep his mouth shut. This was his Keyshawn Johnson moment; his Jonathan Papelbon declaration.
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September 29, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The Washington Nationals season began to unravel around the time they acquired closer Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies and pushed Drew Storen to the setup role. On Sunday at Nationals Park, the Phillies happened to witness the ugliest moment of this disastrous Nationals season. Not surprisingly, it featured the Phils' former closer. In the eighth inning of the Phillies' 12-5 win, Papelbon and star Bryce Harper fought in the Nationals dugout. Papelbon had words for Harper when the National League MVP front-runner returned to the dugout after flying out, and when Harper chirped back, Papelbon shoved him against the wall by his neck before teammates separated them.
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September 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - When Pete Mackanin and the Phillies arrived at Nationals Park yesterday afternoon, they had the chance to take part in the conclusion of the National League East race before the end of the weekend - and possibly as early as today. The New York Mets' magic number to clinch the division was 3, meaning that any combination of Mets wins and Nationals losses that totaled three in the coming weekend would crown New York the champ and eliminate Washington from playoff contention.
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September 27, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Jonathan Papelbon could not talk on Friday afternoon about the three-game suspension levied earlier in the day by Major League Baseball. Any comments, Papelbon said, would disrupt the appeal process as he disagrees with the league's notion that he purposely threw at a batter on Wednesday night. But, the former Phillies closer could talk about other topics. Like his decision to approve a trade to Washington in July, believing the move would mark a return to the postseason.
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