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March 28, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The view from the bullpen was Mick Billmeyer's primary domain during his first nine seasons as a big-league coach with the Phillies. Out there, he was mostly anonymous except for the 15 minutes of unwanted fame he received in May 2010, when the Colorado Rockies complained to the commissioner's office that he was using binoculars to steal signals while the Phillies were hitting at Coors Field. "That got a little too much play," Billmeyer said recently before a Phillies Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field.
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August 18, 1992 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Scott Meadows' RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Mick Billmeyer with the winning run as the Hagerstown Suns defeated Reading, 5-4, in an Eastern League game last night. A scheduled International League doubleheader between Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Richmond was rained out in Richmond, Va. No makeup date was announced.
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June 23, 2011
ST. LOUIS - You just never know what you're going to see when you walk into a big-league clubhouse. You might find Roy Halladay displaying the same sort of remarkable command with a toy helicopter that he has with his arsenal of pitches during a game; that's a common sight in the Phillies clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. You might see a hitting display from Joseph Contreras, the youngest son of Phillies reliever Jose; the kid is talented beyond his years. But what we saw in the visitors clubhouse before Wednesday's game at Busch Stadium was as unpredictable as it gets.
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May 14, 2010 | Staff and wire report
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said yesterday his staff will review allegations that the Phillies tried to steal signs in a game against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. The Rockies lodged a formal complaint after Phillies bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was caught by a television camera peering through binoculars from the bullpen bench at Coors Field during the second inning. The Rockies complained to Jerry Crawford, who called Phillies manager Charlie Manuel onto the field and told him to tell Billmeyer to stop using the binoculars.
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August 21, 2011
WASHINGTON - Two weeks ago, when Kyle Kendrick finished a bullpen session in San Francisco, Mick Billmeyer stopped the pitcher he had just caught. The bullpen coach had something to say. "Some guys are just late bloomers," Billmeyer told Kendrick. Kendrick wants to start. He's 26 and has 95 career major-league starts to his name. For now, he is a swingman - and a valuable one at that - bouncing from the bullpen to the rotation when needed. "Hopefully," Kendrick said, "one of these days I won't have to go back and forth.
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November 19, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time this offseason, Wally Joyner changed his mind. He will not reprise his job as the Phillies' assistant hitting coach. He left the team Sunday to become the Detroit Tigers hitting coach. Joyner declined the Phillies' initial overture on Oct. 8 to return in his same role, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. labeled him "overqualified" for the assistant's job. But Joyner returned Oct. 17 after his search for a job as lead hitting coach failed. The Phillies announced Sunday that Joyner left to "pursue other opportunities.
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October 7, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another longtime Phillies coach fell victim to this offseason's purge. Mick Billmeyer is out as catching coach. The team announced Saturday it would not renew his contract. Billmeyer, 49, spent a decade on the Phillies staff in various capacities. He served under four different managers. After being in the bullpen as catching instructor (2004-08) and bullpen coach (2009-12), Billmeyer moved to the dugout last season as catching coach. He was Charlie Manuel's de facto bench coach and was viewed as a positive influence.
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October 1, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It seems that everybody noticed Jim Thome's heroic efforts last month. Thome earned National League player-of-the-month honors yesterday after a memorable September in which he hit 10 home runs with 30 RBIs and almost single-handedly kept the Phillies in the NL wild-card race until the final week of the season. Thome hit .270 (24 for 89) with .663 slugging and .387 on-base percentages in September. His homer and RBI totals led the league, as did his 24 runs. In his first year in the National League, Thome hit .266 with a league-leading 47 home runs, a career-high 131 RBIs and 111 runs.
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October 3, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki and Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The fate of the Phillies' coaching staff remained uncertain last night after the firing of Larry Bowa. "The coaching staff will stay intact these two games," Phillies GM Ed Wade said before last night's game. "I've told coaches that I wanted to get through these two games, and then I would meet with them and have discussions. " Sources with the team said that pitching coach Joe Kerrigan would resign after the season, although the Phillies probably did not plan to bring him back anyway.
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May 14, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MILWAUKEE - As more and more teams have come out que stioning the Phillies' tactics of stealing signs in light of Mick Billmeyer's not-so-hidden binoculars, manager Charlie Manuel once again defended his team. "I know we play the game right, and that's how we're going to continue on playing," Manuel said. "To me, a man is only as good as his word. . . . That's what I tell my players. And if my word isn't good enough, then I'm in trouble. " After the Rockies formally complained to Major League Baseball about Billmeyer, the bullpen coach, who was taped using binoculars with the Rockies in the field, Manuel was perturbed Wednesday morning.
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November 19, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time this offseason, Wally Joyner changed his mind. He will not reprise his job as the Phillies' assistant hitting coach. He left the team Sunday to become the Detroit Tigers hitting coach. Joyner declined the Phillies' initial overture on Oct. 8 to return in his same role, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. labeled him "overqualified" for the assistant's job. But Joyner returned Oct. 17 after his search for a job as lead hitting coach failed. The Phillies announced Sunday that Joyner left to "pursue other opportunities.
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October 7, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another longtime Phillies coach fell victim to this offseason's purge. Mick Billmeyer is out as catching coach. The team announced Saturday it would not renew his contract. Billmeyer, 49, spent a decade on the Phillies staff in various capacities. He served under four different managers. After being in the bullpen as catching instructor (2004-08) and bullpen coach (2009-12), Billmeyer moved to the dugout last season as catching coach. He was Charlie Manuel's de facto bench coach and was viewed as a positive influence.
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March 28, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The view from the bullpen was Mick Billmeyer's primary domain during his first nine seasons as a big-league coach with the Phillies. Out there, he was mostly anonymous except for the 15 minutes of unwanted fame he received in May 2010, when the Colorado Rockies complained to the commissioner's office that he was using binoculars to steal signals while the Phillies were hitting at Coors Field. "That got a little too much play," Billmeyer said recently before a Phillies Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field.
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February 28, 2012 | by Sam Donnellon, donnels@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Everyone, from front-office types to members of the media to the guy collecting towels, calls the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies by his first name. To some he's Charlie and to others he's Chuck, but no one around here uses Manuel when referring to the skipper. The pitching coach? That's another story. No one, from front-office types to members of the media to the guy collecting towels, calls Rich Dubee by his first name. Unless, said Cole Hamels, you need to jab him the way he likes to jab everyone else.
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August 21, 2011
WASHINGTON - Two weeks ago, when Kyle Kendrick finished a bullpen session in San Francisco, Mick Billmeyer stopped the pitcher he had just caught. The bullpen coach had something to say. "Some guys are just late bloomers," Billmeyer told Kendrick. Kendrick wants to start. He's 26 and has 95 career major-league starts to his name. For now, he is a swingman - and a valuable one at that - bouncing from the bullpen to the rotation when needed. "Hopefully," Kendrick said, "one of these days I won't have to go back and forth.
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June 23, 2011
ST. LOUIS - You just never know what you're going to see when you walk into a big-league clubhouse. You might find Roy Halladay displaying the same sort of remarkable command with a toy helicopter that he has with his arsenal of pitches during a game; that's a common sight in the Phillies clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. You might see a hitting display from Joseph Contreras, the youngest son of Phillies reliever Jose; the kid is talented beyond his years. But what we saw in the visitors clubhouse before Wednesday's game at Busch Stadium was as unpredictable as it gets.
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October 5, 2010 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
WHEN THE Phillies filed out of Busch Stadium in St. Louis late on the afternoon of July 22, the defending National League champions were just three games over .500, the eighth-best record among NL teams. There was no single reason for their troubles. Manager Charlie Manuel had periodically grumbled about hints of complacency from a team that had been to the World Series the previous 2 years. There had been a rash of injuries. There was the flap over coach Mick Billmeyer being caught with a pair of binoculars in the bullpen at Coors Field in Denver.
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May 16, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just as many anticipated they would, the 2010 Phillies have made history. By touching off a baseball-cheating scandal this week, they've accomplished something no Phillies team has managed for the last 110 years. Thanks to bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer's hamfisted effort with a pair of binoculars in the Coors Field bullpen, the 1900 Phillies finally have some company in franchise infamy. Give the 1900 Phils more credit, however, than this less-than-subtle generation of Phillies spies.
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May 16, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just as many anticipated they would, the 2010 Phillies have made history. By touching off a baseball-cheating scandal this week, they've accomplished something no Phillies team has managed for the last 110 years. Thanks to bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer's hamfisted effort with a pair of binoculars in the Coors Field bullpen, the 1900 Phillies finally have some company in franchise infamy. Give the 1900 Phils more credit, however, than this less-than-subtle generation of Phillies spies.
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May 15, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - As more and more teams have come out questioning whether the Phillies are stealing signs in light of Mick Billmeyer's not-so-hidden binoculars, manager Charlie Manuel once again defended his team. "I know we play the game right, and that's how we're going to continue on playing," Manuel said. "To me, a man is only as good as his word. . . . That's what I tell my players. And if my word isn't good enough, then I'm in trouble. " After the Rockies formally complained to Major League Baseball about Billmeyer, the bullpen coach, who was taped using binoculars with the Rockies in the field, Manuel was perturbed Wednesday morning.
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