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March 22, 1990 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Keith Miller had decided not to report to the Carpenter Complex with the rest of the Phillies' minor leaguers a couple of weeks ago. He was all set to become the best-hitting commodities dealer on the Chicago Board of Trade, earning three times the money he could make this season in baseball. Even though he made the International League All-Star team last year, he was 27 and, after six years of bouncing around the minors, he was fed up. Then he changed his mind. "I guess it's because I love to play baseball," he said.
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June 29, 2011
THIS WAS never going to be about the ground ball on which Domonic Brown failed to run hard on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics. He is too good a young player, with too good a reputation as a person, to let a single, thoughtless moment define him in any significant way. It was never going to be about that one play. It was always going to be about the next play, and the next day, and the day after that. The reaction was always going to be more important than the action. And so far?
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June 12, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer
THE GOAL of every major league umpire is to be as inconspicuous as possible. That will no longer be easy for Brian Runge. On Friday, Runge was behind the plate for his second no-hitter of the season as six Mariners pitchers combined on a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers. He was also the home plate ump when White Sox hurler Philip Humber pitched a perfect game against the Mariners on April 21. "It's an amazing story, just to be a part of it and be on the field, but then to be behind the plate both games," Runge told the Associated Press on Sunday.
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April 26, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Two days earlier, umpire Dan Iassogna was blowing a call at first base and tossing Chase Utley and Charlie Manuel out of the Phillies' win over Florida. Yesterday morning, Iassogna carried a picket sign and chanted in unison with 24 other umpires outside rickety Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md., shortly before a Class A game between the Hagerstown Suns and Lake County Captains. "Being here is something I want to do, something I have to do," he said. Major league umpires Iassogna, Dale Scott, Ron Kulpa and Jeff Nelson joined striking minor league umps on the picket line in a joint demonstration, "the first of its kind in 100 years of baseball," according to Andy Roberts, president of the Association of Minor League Umpires.
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May 6, 1994 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
One and done. Such was the major league career, to use that phrase in its loosest possible definition, of Leroy Reams. Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, in the Phillies' penultimate season at Connie Mack Stadium, Reams, an outfielder, pinch-hit for reliever Barry Lersch in the eighth inning of a 6-1 loss to the Houston Astros. He struck out, trudged back to the dugout and watched the rest of the game. Two days earlier, he had been summoned from Eugene, of the Triple A Pacific Coast League.
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June 11, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
Jason Groome could have been the first overall pick. Throughout the spring, several projections had him slotted there. But during the Major League Baseball first-year player draft Thursday night, Groome slipped down the board. At No. 3, the Braves took a pitcher. At No. 4, the Rockies took a pitcher. At picks six through nine, pitchers were taken. None of them was Groome. But eventually, with the 12th pick, the Red Sox selected the 6-foot-6 lefthander from New Jersey's Barnegat High School.
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July 12, 2011
Playing at: Reading (AA) Position: Catcher Height: 5-11. Weight: 181. Age: 27. Born: Aug. 17, 1983, in Freeport, Ill. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. How obtained: Selected in the 11th round in 2005. This season: Is hitting a career-best .282 (through Sunday) and is likely to set personal bests for home runs and RBI. He has eight homers and 42 RBI . . . Has hit two of Reading's four grand slams . . . Had a career-high six RBI against Akron on June 1. Career notes: Has been a non-roster invitee to Phillies' spring training each of the last four seasons . . . Was named the best defensive catcher in the Eastern League in 2010 . . . Hit .200 in 16 games at Triple A Lehigh Valley in 2009, the highest level he's reached.
NEWS
May 5, 1992 | By Richard Burke, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Horace L. "Butch" Walker, 77, a veteran bowler who was inducted into the Greater Philadelphia Bowling Association Hall of Fame, died Saturday of a heart attack at his home in Jamison, Bucks County. Mr. Walker was a 43-year veteran of major league and tournament bowling in the area, winning numerous titles and maintaining a lifetime average of 216. He is credited with two sanctioned games in which he bowled 300. Born June 24, 1914, in Greentree, Pa., Mr. Walker was orphaned at an early age, said his stepson, Peter W. Brunner.
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August 15, 2012 | BY DANIEL CARP, Daily News Staff Writer
FOR KARL WALLENDA, it was just another day at the office. For the 30,207 fans in the friendly confines of Veterans Stadium on Aug. 13, 1972, for a doubleheader between the Phillies and the Montreal Expos, it was a day they never would forget. Wallenda's office was several hundred feet off the ground and five-eighths of an inch wide. His workday lasted just 17 minutes. But when he punched out at the end of the day, having just performed a death-defying stunt never before seen in a major league stadium, Wallenda had both literally and figuratively taken baseball promotions to new heights.
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May 4, 2011 | Associated Press
CHICAGO - Francisco Liriano pitched the major league's first no-hitter of the season, throwing his first career complete game in the Minnesota Twins' 1-0 victory over the White Sox last night. Liriano (2-4), who has played all six of his major league seasons with the Twins, struck out two and tied his career high with six walks. The 27-year-old lefthander threw 123 pitches in his 95th major league start. He survived a rocky ninth inning that began when Brent Morel grounded to shortstop and Matt Tolbert made a one-hop throw that first baseman Justin Morneau scooped.
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July 2, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
READING, Pa. - Dusty Wathan was entering the ninth grade when his father became manager of the Kansas City Royals. John Wathan had retired just 16 months earlier. He made an almost seamless transition from Royals player to manager. It was no surprise, Dusty Wathan thought. His father had been working at Royals Stadium for almost Dusty Wathan's entire life. And now his dad was the manager. And Wathan, who is chasing his own major-league coaching dreams, would soon find out that his father's quick path was far from the norm.
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June 21, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
It was important, Zach Eflin said, to forget his agonizing major-league debut from five days earlier. But the 22-year-old rookie righthander watched video from that afternoon in Toronto when a potent Blue Jays lineup smoked him for nine runs in less than three innings. He found some lessons applied Sunday in a 5-1 loss to Arizona. "I looked at a lot of different things," Eflin said. "I was kind of rushing that day. And I was just really focusing on getting back in my load, and really staying down in the zone, working quick and getting extension.
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June 11, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
Jason Groome could have been the first overall pick. Throughout the spring, several projections had him slotted there. But during the Major League Baseball first-year player draft Thursday night, Groome slipped down the board. At No. 3, the Braves took a pitcher. At No. 4, the Rockies took a pitcher. At picks six through nine, pitchers were taken. None of them was Groome. But eventually, with the 12th pick, the Red Sox selected the 6-foot-6 lefthander from New Jersey's Barnegat High School.
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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.
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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.
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November 29, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Dan Barbara has enjoyed baseball success at a variety of levels, but his brief flirtation with Major League baseball draws the most interest. Barbara will be among seven inductees Saturday to the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame during the 56th annual Hot Stovers Baseball Club of South Jersey anniversary dinner. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Masso's Crystal Manor in Glassboro. "It's a great surprise that I am receiving this honor," Barbara said earlier this week at Tri-State Elite Baseball and Softball Academy, the training facility that he owns in Washington Township.
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August 20, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
"MAJOR League Bocce" is exactly the sort of tongue-in-cheek name that works for a league that's "major" mostly in how fast it has grown. The casual, social sport league that is helping to rejuvenate the ancient game expects about 12,000 registered players this year in Philadelphia and 10 other cities nationwide. In 2004, Sarah DeLucas and fellow co-founders started D.C. Bocce League with about 50 players as an alternative to an intramural kickball league that just wasn't cutting it. "People took kickball a little too seriously," she said, "getting out of their crap jobs and taking everything to the next level.
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July 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - When Cole Hamels returned to his locker stall on Saturday, he was greeted with a bottle of Dom PĂ©rignon, a gift from his teammates for pitching a no-hitter at Wrigley Field. Less than 24 hours later, Aaron Nola collected his first big-league win in his second career start. What was his prize? "I got the ball," Nola said, more than happy with the souvenir. It's probably worth pointing out that Nola is just 13 months removed from his 21st birthday. "I'll stick with some water," the rookie righthander joked following an 11-5 win over the Cubs yesterday afternoon.
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July 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AARON NOLA remembers the Friday nights at "The Box" as if they were yesterday, because, well, it was nearly yesterday he called LSU's "electric" ballpark his home. Nola was the ace of a Tigers team loaded with talent, a perennial College World Series entrant, playing in front of college baseball's best environment. LSU has led college baseball in attendance for an astounding 20 consecutive seasons, the last seven coming in their state-of-the-art facility, the new Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. "It's really electric over there," Nola said.
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June 23, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE BOOS rained down from a good portion of the 30,000 fans in attendance when manager Ryne Sandberg emerged from the Phillies' dugout with his lineup card in hand and two outs in the sixth inning. The Phillies were ahead by four runs, for the first time since May 23, no less, but the faithful let the much-maligned manager hear it. They wanted 25-year-old lefthander Adam Morgan to have a chance to get out of a jam in his first major league appearance, but Sandberg had other ideas.
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