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September 4, 2008 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
DURING THE Phillies Alumni Weekend, there is a ceremony to honor living members of the team's Wall of Fame as well as to welcome the latest inductee. Last month at Citizens Bank Park, Hall of Famers Robin Roberts and Steve Carlton were among those who took one more bow. So did fan favorites Tony Taylor and Greg Luzinski. A no-hit pitcher, Jim Bunning. Dallas Green, the only manager to lead the Phillies to a World Series win. The sellout crowd saved its loudest and longest applause, though, for Michael Jack Schmidt.
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October 5, 1986 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fourteen seasons, and this has been the best. Fourteen seasons bursting with two Most Valuable Player awards, nine Gold Gloves, 10 All-Star Game selections, a dozen 30-homer seasons and eight 100- RBI seasons. And this season has been better than any of them. "Yeah, if you take the total picture," Mike Schmidt agreed the other day, "I've been a consistently better player this year than I've ever been. " Age 37, and at the peak of his career. That is something very few men who have played the game of baseball can say. But now Mike Schmidt can. And that is why it's so strange that there is one other thing Schmidt can say these days: He can say that next season - almost certainly - will be his last.
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April 4, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cody Asche first heard of Mike Schmidt in the summer of 2000, when Mark McGwire passed the former Phillies third baseman on the all-time home run list. Asche was a 10-year-old Cardinals fan, who grew up 30 miles northwest of St. Louis. Schmidt was just another Hall of Fame name on a list full of them. This spring, Asche built a relationship with that name. The team's third baseman worked in Schmidt's hitting group throughout spring training. In a new initiative rolled out by manager Ryne Sandberg, each player was assigned a personal hitting coach.
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May 30, 1989 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
In the final days, Mike Schmidt's mind wandered. At Dodger Stadium a week ago, where the Phillies began what would be his last road trip, he compared his fading skills to Kirk Gibson. When the action shifted to Candlestick Park, the measuring sticks were Will Clark and Kevin Mitchell. "I was wondering if I could compete with those guys anymore," Schmidt said yesterday. "I'm watching them and feeling like a shadow of the player I used to be. "And that was telling me it was time to turn the reins over to somebody else.
BUSINESS
July 28, 1992 | By Larry Fish, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Market Street Live, the sprawling Center City sports-bar complex that included Phillies legend Mike Schmidt as an investor, closed for good last weekend. The Dallas-based company that had managed the complex since it opened in April 1990 said the bar fell victim to several factors, including the economy and the fact that popular summer-only bars and restaurants on the Delaware riverfront "pulled traffic out of the downtown area. " Market Street Live had encompassed five distinct places in the basement and street levels of the Mellon Independence Center - the former Lit Bros.
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February 28, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In 1983, Mike Schmidt finished third in National League MVP voting despite a .255 batting average and league-leading 148 strikeouts. Three years later, Schmidt won the MVP at age 36 with a .290 batting average and five more walks (89) than strikeouts (84). "I changed," Schmidt said, "and I was very stubborn throughout my career. I was in my 14th year and made major changes to my approach both mentally and physically. I became maybe the best hitter in my career in my last couple of years.
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April 9, 1995 | By Frank Dolson, INQUIRER SPORTS EDITOR This article also contains information from the Associated Press
Charlie Hayes left the Phillies after the '91 season, a most unhappy fellow. He returned yesterday with a smile so big, an attitude so upbeat, you'd have thought he won the Florida lottery. "Of all the players we ever got, he's got to be the happiest," Phillies manager Jim Fregosi said about his old-new third baseman. "I'm just excited, man," Hayes said after donning the red and white uniform with the No. 13 on the back. "The last time I was here, I was immature. I took everything to heart.
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July 29, 1995 | GEORGE MILLER/ DAILY NEWS
Former Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt works on his basketball game in Cooperstown, N.Y. Schmidt and announcer Rich Ashburn, the former Phillies centerfielder, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame tomorrow.
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January 24, 1995 | BOB LARAMIE/ DAILY NEWS
Former Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt, with wife Donna looking on, shows off special achievement award he was presented by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. Schmidt was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by an overwhelming margin earlier this month, and will be inducted on July 30.
NEWS
January 11, 1995
Sometimes, nice guys finish fourth - and it's more than enough. Receiving 96.52 percent of the vote, the fourth-highest mark ever, Mike Schmidt was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday. The names of the only three players to top him - Ty Cobb, Tom Seaver and Hank Aaron - show what kind of legendary company the Phillies' great slugger now rightfully keeps. The man that Phils' announcer Harry Kalas loved to call Michael Jack was a thoughtful recipient of the honor.
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June 15, 2015 | BY GARRETT MILEY, For the Daily News
MO'NE DAVIS was looking around her closet in search of her blue-and-maroon Taney Dragons jersey. At first, she, like many of her teammates, had no idea what the John Wanamaker Athletic Award was for. "I just knew that there was a Taney award and I needed to find my jersey," Davis said Friday at the awards ceremony. "That's all I knew at first. " The award is given annually by the Philadelphia Sports Congresss to the athlete, team or organization that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel.
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May 12, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Mike and Alyssa Capko got to their seats at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday for a Mother's Day outing to a Phillies game, their first thoughts were: Great seats. Foul-ball territory. We'd better be careful. Mike had their 7-month-old son, Kolton, strapped to his chest. For three innings, everything was fine - the Phillies were even leading the Mets at that point. Kolton sucked on a blue pacifier as his parents enjoyed the game with friends who also brought a young child.
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April 4, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cody Asche first heard of Mike Schmidt in the summer of 2000, when Mark McGwire passed the former Phillies third baseman on the all-time home run list. Asche was a 10-year-old Cardinals fan, who grew up 30 miles northwest of St. Louis. Schmidt was just another Hall of Fame name on a list full of them. This spring, Asche built a relationship with that name. The team's third baseman worked in Schmidt's hitting group throughout spring training. In a new initiative rolled out by manager Ryne Sandberg, each player was assigned a personal hitting coach.
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February 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The greatest hitter in Phillies history gripped a red bat Wednesday afternoon. He had just finished overseeing batting practice for his hitting group and was demonstrating for an observer the focus of his work with his most-scrutinized student. Mike Schmidt is trying to rid Domonic Brown of his tendency to fall back and release an uppercut swing. The Hall of Fame third baseman wants the Phillies' oft-maligned rightfielder to "think top half of the ball, line drive, stay in the middle of the field.
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November 6, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Jan Hefler, and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
All will be the same in 2015 in terms of leadership in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties following Tuesday's general election. For Camden and Gloucester Counties, that means the all-Democratic freeholder boards will retain their current makeup. In Burlington County, on the other hand, a tense race with the potential to end nearly four decades of GOP control once again ended in another victory for Republicans as an incumbent and a former freeholder were returned to office.
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October 20, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Its arms outstretched, as if it were pleading to be saved, a faded, white letter-sweater was spread out on a table in the drab conference room of a drab office at a drab South Jersey industrial park. The garment was surrounded by championship rings, by two bats with pine-tarred handles, by various trophies and plaques, photos and balls. In the harsh light and soulless context, the displayed memorabilia looked almost forlorn, like pets abandoned after a lifetime of loyal friendship.
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October 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PERHAPS BECAUSE he was (and still is) the greatest player in franchise history, the question of who would take over the reins for Mike Schmidt at third base became an easy story with each passing year since the Hall of Famer retired. With the exception of Scott Rolen, whose own tenure in Philly and ugly exit out only adds to the story line, third base really has been a black hole for the quarter century since Schmidt's retirement. While Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard filled the rest of the infield for the last decade, third base has been a revolving door.
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October 15, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
While national political attention is fixed on the tense South Jersey race to succeed U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan, a sideshow on the ballot may pack a bigger punch for Burlington County voters. The outcome of the battle between Democrat Aimee Belgard and Republican Tom MacArthur for a seat in the House is not expected to change the Republican hold on that chamber. But the results of the less-noisy contest lower on the ballot could end the GOP's nearly four decades of control over the county's governing body.
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July 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is little doubt Cliff Lee will step onto the Nationals Park mound in Washington on Thursday, just three hours after the non-waiver trade deadline strikes. He has pitched 102/3 innings in two starts and permitted nine runs on 21 hits since his return from a strained left elbow. No contender will add Lee, not until the ace recaptures some dominance. The Phillies could benefit from the short-term uncertainty that surrounds Lee. They will expose him to waivers next month - just as most teams do with their players - and Lee should go unclaimed.
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July 14, 2014 | By Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
IT SPEAKS VOLUMES about this all-over-but-the-retching Phillies season that the biggest news the team generated during the winter had absolutely nothing to do with what happens on the field. Instead, the buzz was generated by the out-of-the-blue sacking of Phillies TV analysts Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews and their replacement by three former players, Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs and Mike Schmidt. "Wheels," who had provided color commentary for the Fightin's since 1977, and "Sarge," a member of the 1983 Wheeze Kids squad that won the National League pennant, were victims of the blockbuster 25-year, $2.5 billion deal the team cut with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia right after New Year's.
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