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June 9, 2013 | By Michael Smerconish
It's the time of year when our attention turns to graduates and their commencement speakers. But at a lunch with a friend last Friday, our conversation was about the often unacknowledged: the teachers for whom we're grateful. I said that I'd been fortunate. My list is long, a product of a sound, K-12 education in the Central Bucks public schools, followed by four years at Lehigh University and three more at Penn Law. There are so many to whom I owe so much. But one in particular. David Curtis Amidon Jr. Truth be told, I was admitted to Lehigh as a legacy by virtue of my father and brother having received degrees before me. Before I arrived on campus, a fraternity brother (of my own brother)
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June 22, 2011
Lehigh Valley defeated Burlington County, 5-3, yesterday in the Carpenter Cup championship game at Citizens Bank Park. It was the third title for Lehigh Valley, which also won in 2001 and 1998. More than 400 high school students participated in the 26th annual Phillies Baseball Carpenter Cup, a 15-game tournament that included play at FDR Park and, for the first time, Coca-Cola Park, home of the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
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June 24, 1998 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Lehigh Valley won the most lopsided championship game in the 13-year history of the Carpenter Cup baseball tournament yesterday. Lehigh Valley got 17 hits, Berks County made seven errors, and the final at Veterans Stadium was 14-1. The previous largest margin in a title game was the Catholic League's 14-4 triumph over the South Jersey South in 1987. This was only the third time in tournament history that both finalists were from Pennsylvania. Berks was making its second championship appearance, having lost to Ocean-Monmouth, 10-5, in the 1994 final.
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June 18, 2011 | By Evan Burgos, For The Inquirer
ALLENTOWN - Olympic Colonial bowed out of the Carpenter Cup with an 8-4 loss to Lehigh Valley in the quarterfinals Friday at Coca-Cola Park. The game was to be the first of a quarterfinal doubleheader at the home of the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, but when heavy rains and wind rolled through at 1:07 p.m., umpires ushered players off the field in the middle of the eighth inning. The game was called, and the result was final, per tournament rules. Lehigh Valley advanced to Monday's semifinals at Citizens Bank Park.
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October 29, 2014
RIGHTHANDER B.J. Rosenberg cleared waivers yesterday and was outrighted to Triple A Lehigh Valley. The move leaves the Phillies with 38 players on their 40-man roster. Additional space will come within the week, when eligible players file for agency following the conclusion of the World Series. Righthanders Kyle Kendrick and Mike Adams are eligible to become free agents, along with veteran backup catcher Wil Nieves. Outfielder Grady Sizemore and righthander Jerome Williams, who both were eligible to be free agents, signed 1-year deals to return to the Phillies last week.
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May 11, 2012 | STAFF REPORTS
TYLER CLOYD had another strong outing Thursday and improved to 3-0 at Triple A Lehigh Valley and 6-0 overall on the season. Cloyd went six innings, allowing one run on three hits with six strikeouts and one walk in the IronPigs' 5-1 win at Indianapolis. He was an emergency starter on Opening Day for Lehigh Valley and pitched six perfect innings. He then returned to Double A Reading. Thursday's outing was his second since being promoted. In the three starts overall for Lehigh Valley, he has a 0.90 ERA, allowing two runs in 20 innings.
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April 23, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Jeremy Sladen drove in five runs to lead the Reading Phillies past the New Britain Rock Cats, 11-9, last night in the Eastern League. Former Philadelphia Phillie Fabio Castro (3-0) allowed five runs in five innings but got the win. Reading206200100 - 11150 New Britain203002002 - 9140 WP: Fabio Castro (3-0). LP: Jay Rainville (1-2). S: Pat Overholt (4). HR: R-Greg Golson (2), John Suomi (2); NB-Luke Hughes (4). A: 2,819. Lehigh Valley000114000 - 6130 Syracuse60200050x -13140 WP: John Parrish (2-0)
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October 14, 1986 | By Joyce Gemperlein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eighteen hard hats and a sign reading "This office belongs to the people of the Lehigh Valley" decorate the Capitol Hill office in Washington of Rep. Don Ritter, the Lehigh University metallurgy professor who became a Republican congressman in 1978 and has held the job ever since. The scene is more philosophical in the workplace of Joseph Simonetta in Bethlehem, Pa. There, index cards bearing quotes about peace, fairness and justice - from the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Camus, Thomas Edison and Victor Hugo - are taped to the basement walls of Simonetta's parents' home.
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September 6, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Phillies general manager Matt Klentak says the team will add reinforcements to the big-league team after the minor-league playoffs conclude. Double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley will begin postseason play this week. "Off the top of my head, about a half dozen or so" will be promoted, Klentak said Sunday before a 2-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. "I want to manage the workload of our pitchers. " One pitcher who is likely to be called up is righthander Alec Asher, whose 80-game suspension for testing positive for an anabolic steroid would end sometime this week, depending on if Lehigh Valley has any postponements.
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September 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
How are the Phillies' top 10 prospects, as ranked by Baseball America, faring in the minor leagues? (Weekly stats from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.) J.P. Crawford SS, Lehigh Valley (AAA) The IronPigs can only hope that Crawford finds his swing in time for the postseason, which will begin Wednesday if the team wins the wild card. Crawford entered Friday batting .177 in his last 34 games with a .290 on-base percentage in 124 at-bats.    AB   H   BA   2B   3B   HR   BB   SO   RBI   SB    Last week   29   2   .
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August 21, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
This was mid-January, a freezing day in a freezing month, but already Nick Williams was thinking warm thoughts. The Phillies had brought him to Citizens Bank Park, with several other young players and prospects, for a tour of the place, and in walking the concourse Williams began eyeballing the right-field wall and its alluring distance from home plate. Just 329 feet down the line. Just 369 to right-center. September, he said. He wanted to be in the Phillies lineup by the end of September, to take some shots at that short porch.
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August 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies have 43 players on their 40-man roster - two on the 60-day disabled list and one suspended - and all but three have appeared in the majors at some point in their careers. A new front office billed this season as a chance to evaluate the talent it inherited before making the next wave of decisions in the rebuilding process. That phase is almost near. The overturn on the 40-man roster, starting in a few weeks when rosters are expanded for September, will be immense.
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August 14, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies traded Jim Thome after the 2005 season, but Charlie Manuel said the team should have given him a World Series ring in 2008. That is how much, Manuel said, Thome helped mold the corps of that championship team. Thome, who was inducted into the team's wall of fame on Friday night, meant more to the franchise than just his 101 homers. He is the shortest tenured player to reach the Wall of Fame, but Thome will be remembered for making the Phillies immediate contenders when he signed before the 2003 season and for laying the foundation for the 2008 team.
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August 10, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the Phillies failed to move veteran starter Jeremy Hellickson at the non-waiver trade deadline, some otherwise rational people suggested that was a mistake, whatever the deal might have been, because Hellickson's presence blocked the way for the overdue promotion of Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley. I say "otherwise rational people," but the truth is it was mostly fans communicating by posted comments and through email, the latter method often employing all capital letters. For instance: "GET HIM UP HERE NOW. " Whether those impatient for Thompson imagined a late pennant push or had simply identified the savior du jour and wanted to see the first round of miracles sooner than later is a matter of conjecture.
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August 7, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
ALLENTOWN - When a Phillies top prospect, shortstop J.P. Crawford, was struggling after being promoted to triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier this season, he didn't have to go far for advice. The player whose locker is next to Crawford's is outfielder Nick Williams. The two are good friends, and they may have a friendly race to determine who gets called up to the Phillies first. What they also have in common is that they had less than stellar triple-A beginnings but have rebounded well.
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August 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jeremy Hellickson is still with the Phillies and that creates a logjam in the starting rotation if the club plans to promote prospect Jake Thompson from triple-A Lehigh Valley. Thompson, a 22-year-old righthander, has proved that he is ready for the call to the majors by posting a 1.21 ERA in his last 11 starts. To make room for him, the Phillies eventually could go to a six-man rotation, which they employed last September. General manager Matt Klentak said the team is "open-minded to anything.
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