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June 21, 1993 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For nearly two months, the people feeling pain were their National League East opponents. Suddenly, though, a Phillie seems to get nicked or bruised in every game. Yesterday's victim du jour was Mariano Duncan, who hurt his right hamstring on John Kruk's game-winning homer and had to be replaced by Joe Millette. "When I was between second and third I felt it," Duncan said. Phils manager Jim Fregosi said Duncan would be examined today, but the shortstop said he did not plan on missing any time.
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April 14, 1995 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mariano Duncan - embarrassed, according to his agent, by a contract that could pay him nearly $2 million less than 1994 - signed a one-year minor- league deal with the Phillies yesterday for $350,000 plus $200,000 in incentives. "He really does a lot for your club," said Phils general manager Lee Thomas. "He can play a lot of positions. He's an offensive threat. And he's really a real, real good person to have in the clubhouse. " The signing of Duncan, 32, a free-agent whose '94 Phillies contract was for $2.2 million, came less than a week after Thomas said strike-imposed finances made it virtually impossible that he would be back in Philadelphia.
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March 6, 1992 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On a stationary bike near Mickey Morandini's locker, Mariano Duncan is pedaling hard. The little second baseman doesn't turn to watch his new teammate. Duncan may be gaining on him. Once again, Morandini has been told not to worry, the job is his. Excuse him if he feels like an American autoworker. The job was his to win last spring, too. And he won it. Former Phillies manager Nick Leyva rewarded him with a ticket to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Jim Fregosi arrived, recalled Morandini, and made him his second baseman.
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April 25, 1994 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just a few hundred feet from the site of Milt Thompson's memorable catch last April 29, Mariano Duncan's bases-loaded bouncer kicked off shortstop Luis Lopez's glove. If it had rolled any distance at all, the game would have been tied. Instead, it - and the Phillies' comeback hopes - died in the dirt, inches from second base. Bip Roberts retrieved it, stepped on second and threw to first, easily ahead of a desperately diving Duncan. The odd double play preserved a 6-5 San Diego victory and gave the Padres a weekend sweep of the reeling Phils.
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April 30, 1994 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the Phillies' recent West Coast trip started, second baseman Mariano Duncan was battling the flu. When the trip ended, he was battling a slump. Last night, Duncan's hitting funk ended. And so did the Phillies' five-game losing streak. Duncan, who was 1 for 18 on the road trip, ripped two doubles and a three- run homer and knocked in four runs as the Phillies defeated the struggling San Francisco Giants, 6-3, before 30,977 spectators at Veterans Stadium. Duncan, who reached base in all four of his at-bats, raised his average from .203 to .236 and supported the solid pitching of his good friend Ben Rivera, who put together his best outing of the season.
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June 26, 1995 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Phillies centerfielder Lenny Dykstra was activated before Saturday's game, but is clearly still not playing at 100 percent. Manager Jim Fregosi said that conditioning may be as big a problem at the moment as the sore lower back that landed Dykstra on the disabled list in the first place. "He's going to have to play himself into shape," Fregosi said. "He's very sore. Everywhere. " Dykstra has one hit in nine at-bats since coming back, but he has also walked twice, stolen a base, scored two runs and chased down several fly balls in the two games.
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January 21, 1994 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
The history of salary arbitration is that most players who file settle before their cases reach a hearing. Form held in the case of Phillies second baseman Mickey Morandini yesterday. Two days after teams and players exchanged numbers, he agreed to a one-year contract that will pay him $750,000 plus award bonuses. The settlement was close to the midpoint between the $850,000 Morandini sought and the $625,000 the club offered. Morandini's base salary was $300,000 last year.
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June 23, 1994 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
The Phillies have played most of the past week without sparkplug Lenny Dykstra in the lineup. They will have to get used to it. Before umpire Bob Davidson even called his first balk at Three Rivers Stadium last night, Dykstra had left for Philadelphia, where he was diagnosed as having appendicitis. He underwent surgery last night and is expected to miss two to three additional weeks. Dykstra, who has been out of the starting lineup for seven of the last eight games because of a strained right quadriceps muscle, apparently began experiencing the pain after he left the ballpark following Tuesday night's 7-1 loss to the Pirates.
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July 29, 1994 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
The Phillies placed third baseman Mariano Duncan on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring. That was expected. Taking his place on the roster will be 24-year-old righthander Ricky Bottalico, called up yesterday from Double A Reading. That wasn't. The assumption all along had been that if Duncan went on the DL, the Phillies would bring up infielder Kevin Jordan from Triple A Scranton/ Wilkes- Barre. The assumption was strengthened by the fact that as soon as Duncan was hurt last Saturday night, the Red Barons switched Jordan from second base to third.
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April 5, 1994 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In theory, it should not have been a Mariano Duncan kind of day. Snow falling. Winds swirling. Temperatures plummeting. Teeth chattering. Not to mention a righthander pitching. It might have been a day made for some guy from Saskatchewan. It might have been a day made for some guy named Snow (J.T.?). It definitely wasn't a day made for a guy named Mariano from San Pedro de Macoris, the Dominican Republic. But yesterday at Mile High Stadium, on a day when baseball weather turned into bobsled weather, Mariano Duncan had himself an opening day he will never forget.
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October 15, 2009
BEFORE THERE WAS Black Friday - Oct. 7, 1977 - the Phillies endured Soggy Saturday and Sunless Sunday. Sunday was the day general manager Paul Owens and manager Danny Ozark learned the real difference between a team that would win 101 games for the second straight season and a Los Angeles Dodgers team of similar talents. It was the day the words "bleeping Dodgers" were hurled in scatalogical volleys with shortstop Larry Bowa leading a profane chorus. They were in LA for a three-game weekend series.
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October 18, 2008 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
If you believe a team needs to have some experience in the World Series before it can win there - a proposition not supported by the facts, by the way - then the Phillies are a quart low in that regard. Quick question: Who is the only member of the Phils' postseason roster to have a World Series base hit during his career? If you answered So Taguchi, you are right. You are also a bit obsessive. The better answer is: So What? Will the Phillies stop playing baseball at the next level because they become hypoxic, like mountaineers who ascend from base camp without their oxygen bottles?
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October 15, 2008
ABOUT 4 HOURS before Game 1 in Philadelphia, Ned Colletti found Mariano Duncan in the Dodgers clubhouse. They walked up some steps and onto a concourse, and headed to centerfield. They were off to see Vuke. Colletti is the Dodgers' general manager, who worked his way up from handing out press releases at Wrigley Field. Duncan played on the '93 Phillies and is the first-base coach. They were among the multitudes who shared baseball space, and thus their lives, with John Vukovich, the Phillies' third-base coach and conscience, who died in March 2007.
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October 11, 2008 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Russell Martin, the second Dodgers batter, up there against Brett Myers in the first inning of yesterday's National League Championship Series Game 2, went to the ground, fleeing the fastball about to pass in front of his chin. Myers wasn't so close to the next hitter. His pitch to Manny Ramirez didn't scare the Dodgers slugger. Of course, it did go behind Ramirez, hopping off the backstop at Citizens Bank Park. "We all know how aggressive he wants to be, and how pumped up he gets," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said of Myers, admitting the pitch did raise his eyebrow, especially since it already was hard for his batters to see due to the 4:35 p.m. start time.
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October 10, 2008 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
Reprinted from yesterday's Daily News: IN A TIP of the cap to the 1993 Phillies, who came oh-so-close to winning the World Series, the club has summoned an integral part of that team, Jim Eisenreich, to toss out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the National League Championship Series tomorrow. Regrettably, Eisenreich will be sitting with his 10-year old son in the stands and not down at the end of the bench, where he would be a welcomed addition given the way he always clobbered Dodgers pitching.
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July 23, 1998 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
It was August 1995. The Phillies were in a wild-card race. Or, at least, the players thought they were. So when popular veteran role player Dave Gallagher and respected second baseman Mariano Duncan were traded on back-to-back days, the response in the clubhouse was a predictable mixture of shock and outrage. It is with that in mind, perhaps, that general manager Ed Wade conceded yesterday that he just might pass on a trade between now and the trading deadline at midnight one week from tomorrow that would have looked more attractive a month or two ago. "I think we might have to think a little harder," Wade said before last night's 14-2 loss to the Braves.
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January 15, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
A St. Louis radio station reported yesterday that Ozzie Smith is negotiating to play baseball again. But another broadcast report quoted Smith as saying it's just not true. KSHE-FM said Smith is negotiating with a National League team other than the Cardinals, the team he helped lead to three pennants in the 1980s. The station did not say which team. Cardinals spokesman Brian Bartow said the KSHE report was the first he heard of the rumor, and confirmed the Cardinals are not negotiating with Smith.
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July 30, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Anaheim Angels added pitching, the Baltimore Orioles added hitting and the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees shed a couple of big salaries yesterday in trades made a day before the major-league deadline. In order to trade players after midnight tomorrow, teams will first have to obtain waivers on them. Anaheim, battling Seattle in the American League West and the Yankees in the AL wild-card race, got pitcher Ken Hill from Texas for catcher Jim Leyritz and a player to be named.
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February 24, 1997 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If trade rumors provided anything more than juicy winter baseball copy, Mickey Morandini would be across the bay in Tampa right now, battling an old rival, Mariano Duncan, for the Yankees' starting job at second base. Either that or he'd be in Vero Beach, settling in with the Dodgers, or in Winter Haven with the Indians. Yes, Morandini's name came up often this winter. But when camp opened last week, the 30-year-old second baseman was right back where he has always been - with the Phillies.
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May 3, 1996 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Check those American League statistics closely. The ex-Phillie who isn't as good as Kevin Jordan is among the hitting leaders with a .363 average. He's playing almost every day. His team is in first place. And even when the ex-Phillie who isn't as good as Kevin Jordan committed five errors in two games here, he remained extremely happy - pleased with his new team, but still a little perplexed about his old one. "I'm so happy to be in New York," Mariano Duncan said, "but I'm still disappointed about what happened in Philly.
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