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NEWS
April 24, 2016
Government health officials will team up with minor-league baseball in a $36 million campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco. Baseball stadiums will feature the campaign's central message this summer - "smokeless doesn't mean harmless" - through advertising and promotions with players. The Food and Drug Administration says its latest effort targets white, rural males who are more likely to use dip, chew and other smokeless tobacco products. Mitch Zeller, director of the agency's tobacco program, said many young people don't understand the health effects of smokeless tobacco.
SPORTS
April 18, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Triple-A Lehigh Valley Tommy Joseph, who had a strong spring training, is off to a good start with the IronPigs. Joseph moved last season from catcher to first base after a series of concussions. He had four hits - including a homer - in his first 11 at-bats. He also walked twice in four games, after walking just 10 times in 58 games last season. The 24-year-old is splitting first-base duties with Brock Stassi. "It's tremendous," said Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan.
SPORTS
April 18, 2016 | By Rick O, Columnist
Dan Hammer's plan is to continue his baseball career at the University of Pittsburgh. That could change if a major-league organization thinks enough of the Father Judge pitcher to select him in the first-year player draft in June and make an irresistible financial offer. Crusaders first-year manager Kenny Devenney said scouts from the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and Kansas City Royals have been keeping tabs on the hard-throwing senior righthander. For now, Hammer, also a shortstop, is focused on trying to help lead Judge to its first Catholic League title since 2000.
SPORTS
April 8, 2016
Around the Minor Leagues Here is a look at the Phillies' minor-league teams: Triple-A Lehigh Valley It is difficult to recall a triple-A team with the kind of young talent the IronPigs have. Triple A is typically a place for veterans, and there are some on this Lehigh Valley team. But the pitching prospects will draw the majority of attention. Jake Thompson, 22, Zach Eflin, 21, and Mark Appel, 24, are all touted. One or more of them could reach the majors by the end of the season.
SPORTS
April 8, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CINCINNATI - The first bus to Great American Ball Park left the Phillies' downtown hotel at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Tyler Goeddel, eager to see if he would be in the lineup for the first time in his career, arrived in the lobby 20 minutes early. Instead of waiting for the bus, Goeddel decided to just walk to the game. The rookie walked alone to the ballpark on the banks of the Ohio River, plugging in headphones to ease his nerves for the 15-minute trek. Shortly after his arrival, the lineup was posted.
SPORTS
April 3, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies rode 140 miles south on two buses last Sunday as the Grapefruit League schedule slogged to its conclusion. Matt Klentak stayed behind. The 35-year-old general manager of the Phillies walked to the Carpenter Complex, where Phillies minor leaguers scrimmaged against each other in two games. Klentak watched from a perch above home plate. He chatted with a few player-development officials as he shifted his focus from one game to the other. During the weeks spent in Florida, his presence on the back fields was a common sight.
SPORTS
March 31, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, Staff Writer
Longtime Haverford High baseball coach Paul Bogosian showed up at school Saturday afternoon and found infielders Nick Cerelli, Dylan Resnick, and Luke Marmer taking extra batting practice. That dedication paid off in the Central League opener Tuesday, with the trio combining for five of the Fords' eight hits in a 4-3 victory over top-notch hurler Mike Bechtold and Garnet Valley. "We have the bats to do well this year," Cerelli said. "Another thing is, we're real connected as a team.
SPORTS
March 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On the big-boy field, Ken Giles was struggling to find his All-Star form against the team that drafted him, developed him and turned him into the coveted trade chip that returned a slew of Houston prospects in December. Far beyond the leftfield wall, one of the men brought in to replace him, Andrew Bailey, was quietly getting in some rain-delayed work at the minor league complex. For Giles, it was one inning, three hits, two runs allowed, a couple of strikeouts - and no worries.
NEWS
March 22, 2016 | By William Bender, Staff Writer
Attention political junkies: Put down your smartphones, and head over to the Union League for a real-life lesson on every political convention held right in our backyard over a century-and-a-half. "Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia," a new exhibition on the ground floor of the Union League, debuts Monday and covers the 11 political conventions hosted by the city between 1848 and 2000. It will run until early 2017. "Philadelphia was a happening political town," said exhibition curator James Mundy.
SPORTS
March 14, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Pete Mackanin boarded the bus outside Bright House Field at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday for an unusual 140-mile trip with a split-squad Phillies team. He brought most of his coaching staff with him. Typically, when presented the chance to stay home with the other squad, the manager will do so. But Mackanin planned this. And he was rewarded, once he watched Jake Thompson, Zach Eflin, and Mark Appel for eight innings. Now, as he removed his black-rimmed glasses inside a bland office at Hammond Stadium, he beamed.
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