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June 21, 1987 | By Peter Pascarelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
After sharing the same foxhole-like dugout with John Felske for the last 2 1/2 years, Lee Elia won't be drawn into leveling the kind of direct criticism that Phillies players employed when Felske was fired Thursday. However, yesterday, two days into the manager's job and still winless, Elia made it very clear that he would use a far more aggressive managing style than Felske's often sedentary approach. And Elia also made it clear that he intended to tackle head on the problems that seemed rarely to be addressed under the prior regime.
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September 24, 1988 | By Peter Pascarelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies culminated a season of upheaval yesterday by firing manager Lee Elia just 2 1/2 months after they gave him a new contract through the 1989 campaign. Phils general manager Lee Thomas announced that Elia, whom Thomas rehired in July, was being replaced so that the club could begin next season with a fresh face that bore no connection to the dismal Phils season of 1988. Thomas said that he wanted to name a successor to Elia soon, possibly within a few days after the close of the regular season on Oct. 2. Phillies coach John Vukovich will manage the club the rest of this season.
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September 24, 1988 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Sports Columnist
You want symbolism? Bill Giles is here, watching the Olympics, while his manager is being fired back in Philadelphia. While the Phillies president said he was consulted about the move before he left for Seoul earlier this week, he also said that the firing of Lee Elia was a Lee Thomas decision, from start to finish. "I'm going to give (Thomas, the Phils' general manager) the leash for a year or two to see if he can get us back on track," Giles said, from his hotel room. "I will always still have veto power when it comes to financial decisions.
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June 22, 1988 | By PAUL HAGEN, Daily News Sports Writer
It wouldn't have surprised Lee Elia if, a few weeks back, somebody had told him the Phillies would schedule a press conference yesterday. He would have assumed that the team was just going to make official what he had been hearing privately, that his contract was going to be extended through 1990. But that was before Woody Woodward was fired and things changed. So when the bleary-eyed media was called to order at Veterans Stadium yesterday morning, it was to announce that Lee Thomas had been hired as Woodward's replacement.
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September 29, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Paul Molitor, a likely Hall of Famer and one of baseball's most remarkable offensive players for 20 years, yesterday said he might have played his last game. Molitor, who joined the 3,000-hit club last season, batted .305 with the Minnesota Twins this year, exceeding .300 for the 12th time. "I'll take some time and meet with some people, and we'll see what happens," he said after going 1 for 3 in the Twins' season-ending 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians. "Who knows? Right now, I don't.
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September 24, 1988 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
John Vukovich and Lee Elia are tight. They were together, player and coach, when the Phillies were good. They were together, coach and manager, with the Chicago Cubs. Vukovich came back to Philadelphia this year mostly because of Elia. So, now that he has replaced Elia as the Phillies' manager for the rest of this season, Vukovich will continue to dress with the other coaches in the room adjoining the manager's office, a silent tribute to a pal. "This is very tough because we had a special feeling for Lee back here," Vukovich said shortly after the announcement that Elia had been fired.
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October 22, 2008 | By PAUL VIGNA
FRONT ROW (from left) 1. JOHN BUSH, batboy 2. GARY WATTS, batboy 3. MARK ANDERSEN, batboy, 49, West Chester, Pa., assistant athletic trainer for Phillies 4. PETE CERA, assistant clubhouse manager, deceased 5. DON SEGER, trainer, Williamsburg, Va., retired 6. JEFF COOPER, assistant trainer, 56, Wilmington, consulting part time for Phillies 7. KENNY BUSH, clubhouse manager, deceased -- SECOND ROW (from...
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November 3, 1987 | By Frank Dolson, Inquirer Sports Editor
The Chicago Cubs' managerial job is still open, but John Vukovich will not fill it - even if they ask him a second time. "I don't want to manage the Cubs now," Vukovich said yesterday. "I'm very happy coming home and being a coach in Philadelphia. " The 40-year-old former utility infielder - who, until Dallas Green's sudden resignation on Thursday, was set to manage the Cubs - will fly to West Palm Beach, Fla., today to meet with Phillies president Bill Giles, manager Lee Elia and personnel director Woody Woodward to sign a contract as a coach.
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September 24, 1988 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Von Hayes was eating a turkey sandwich in a Newtown Square restaurant when the waiter told him. Steve Jeltz was at a United Parcel Service outlet when the package man told him. Greg Gross heard the news on the radio while he was driving to Veterans Stadium. Kevin Gross was told by Chris James, who had heard it on the radio. As bad as they have played, and even though they know they are members of a bona fide last-place baseball team, the Phillies' players were taken by surprise by the firing of manager Lee Elia.
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September 10, 1987 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, Daily News Sports Writer
Because of September call-ups, Phillies manager Lee Elia has 29 players at his disposal, a number that will swell to 31 when the Eastern League playoffs end and pitcher Todd Frohwirth and shortstop Ken Jackson join the club from Reading. But, unlike many out-of-contention teams that use September to turn center stage over to their new additions, the Phillies are not likely to make extensive use of their enlarged roster. "Guys are trying to finish out their year," Elia said.
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March 30, 2010 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
  CLEARWATER, Fla. - As a young man coming out of the University of Scranton in the late 1990s, Mike Ondo had tunnel vision in terms of how a major-league baseball organization operated. That's why the Phillies' director of professional scouting set his ultimate goal of becoming a general manager. "I was naive when I started, thinking you had to be the GM," Ondo said before a spring-training game earlier this month. "The longer I've been here, I've seen how things work and how everything fits together.
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October 6, 2009 | By Derrick Nunnally and Peter Mucha INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Crusty baseball manager and Philly native Lee Elia was right: Playoffs or no, 85 percent of the world has to work instead of going to a daytime ball game. Because of Major League Baseball's schedulers, the other 15 percent are coming out ahead in a sudden buyer's market for Phillies playoff tickets. Sports history notes that Elia used a torrent of salty language in his legendary 1983 rant about the day-game spectators of his Cubs team. And after word came Sunday that the Phillies would launch their world-title-defending playoff run with day games tomorrow and Thursday, Elia-esque expletives echoed through the Phanatic masses.
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November 5, 2008
W HEN I'M KING of the World, Champions The 2009 Phillies will be spared the front-office agony of the 1982 Phillies . . . When manager Dallas Green learned that new president and CEO Bill Giles had no plans to offer him the general manager job, he jumped at the Chicago Cubs' offer to run the show there. What happened next was not a token few defections by Green loyalists, it was an exodus. You have to go back to the children of Hamelin following the Pied Piper out of town to match the procession of baseball personnel that trailed Dallas to the corner of Addison and Clark.
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October 22, 2008 | By Peter Pascarelli FOR THE INQUIRER
1988: It seemed like a different manager was in place every few months to oversee the mess. John Felske was canned in late 1987, replaced by local favorite Lee Elia, who would be fired in September 1988. Elia was replaced for the final nine games by interim manager John Vukovich, who should have been given the chance to do the job on a full-time basis. However, a new GM had arrived in the person of Lee Thomas, who wanted his own man in the job. So a fourth manager in the space of 16 months was hired after the season when Thomas brought Cardinals coach Nick Leyva to Philadelphia.
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October 22, 2008 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
1987: The Phillies felt as if they had the final piece of their puzzle when, after a long negotiating process that almost resulted in a grievance hearing, they signed catcher Lance Parrish. Parrish had a sub-par season, batting .245 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs, but the problem with the team was at the other end of the battery. Despite 40 saves by Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian and 17 wins by Shane Rawley, Phillies pitchers posted a 4.18 ERA - their highest in 25 years - and allowed 167 home runs.
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October 22, 2008 | By PAUL VIGNA
FRONT ROW (from left) 1. JOHN BUSH, batboy 2. GARY WATTS, batboy 3. MARK ANDERSEN, batboy, 49, West Chester, Pa., assistant athletic trainer for Phillies 4. PETE CERA, assistant clubhouse manager, deceased 5. DON SEGER, trainer, Williamsburg, Va., retired 6. JEFF COOPER, assistant trainer, 56, Wilmington, consulting part time for Phillies 7. KENNY BUSH, clubhouse manager, deceased -- SECOND ROW (from...
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June 7, 2008 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the Phillies drafted former Germantown Academy standout Sean Grieve in the 21st round yesterday, there was no one in his house. No one to celebrate with. "I looked around," said Grieve, the 646th overall pick, after he saw his name appear online next to the Phillies logo. "I didn't know what to do. And then my phone just started going off the hook. " The local product, who was named The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year in 2004, was one of 18 four-year college seniors taken by the Phillies on day two of the MLB first-year player draft.
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September 23, 2007 | By Lou Rabito INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The pitch from Steve Toler cruised - by major-league standards, at least - toward home plate, and Ryan Howard turned and crushed a towering shot over the center-field wall of Citizens Bank Park. Howard didn't watch the ball touch down amid the shrubbery past the 401-foot sign and neither did Toler. Howard got ready to swing again; Toler got ready to pitch again. Batting practice, and the slugging derby, continued. Aaron Rowand came to the practice wanting to work on hitting outside pitches.
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March 13, 2007 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
I was just a kid, bright eyed and oblivious to how a reporter should go about covering a major-league baseball team. John Vukovich had to know that. He had to see the benign naivete that accompanied a 25-year-old in awe of his surroundings and giddy in the glory of his dream job. That didn't stop Vuke, who died Thursday, from treating the kid from the Camden Courier-Post any differently from the veteran writers who had been on the baseball beat for years. After his close friend Lee Elia was fired with less than two weeks left in the 1988 season, Vuke was named the interim manager for the final nine games of the season.
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April 30, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Both Marlon Byrd and Ricky Ledee will play - Phillies manager Larry Bowa has made that perfectly clear. But when? And how much? The Phillies activated Byrd from the 15-day disabled list after Monday night's 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and sent infielder Nick Punto to triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Bowa now needs to find at-bats for both Byrd, who hit .161 with three doubles and four RBIs in 11 games before he suffered a left knee laceration on April 13, and Ricky Ledee, who replaced him in center field and has hit .300 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 20 games.
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