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August 15, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SEATTLE - Jeff Datz, the Seattle Mariners third-base coach and a graduate of Clearview High in Gloucester County and Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) is completing his 11th season as a major-league coach, and he says he never takes a day for granted. Nor will Datz forget the person who opened the gate to the big leagues. "I will forever be grateful to Charlie Manuel," Datz said about the Phillies manager in an interview last month at Safeco Field. "He gave me the opportunity to coach in the big leagues.
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December 7, 1992 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Without fanfare or ceremony, the Phillies broke the news with a bloodless release. Outfielder Dale Murphy and pitcher Ken Howell have signed Triple A minor league contracts (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster), but will be invited to spring training with the major league club. This is what it has come to for Murphy, twice the National League's Most Valuable Player, a possible future Hall of Famer. Murphy, who will play at age 37 next season, was limited to 18 games for the Phillies last season by a series of procedures on his left knee.
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August 29, 2011
HERE'S AN update of the Phillies' minor league affiliates and where they stand in playoff possibilities: The Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs are 76-60 with eight games remaining. They trail Pawtucket (76-58) by a game for the North Division lead and lead Gwinnett (74-61) by 1 games for the wild-card spot. The Double A Reading Phillies are 68-66 with eight games remaining. They trail New Hampshire (71-63) by three games and New Britain (68-65) by a half-game in the Eastern Division.
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January 27, 2007 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Much-traveled outfielder Karim Garcia, who has played for seven other major-league teams, signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies yesterday. The three-time minor-league all-star has been invited to spring training. The 31-year-old spent the last two seasons with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan's Pacific League, hitting a combined .281 with 34 home runs. Garcia has played almost 500 major-league games with Los Angeles, Arizona, Detroit, Baltimore, Cleveland and both New York clubs.
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February 1, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Phillies outfielder Pete Incaviglia, 37, who hasn't played in the major leagues since 1998, agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres yesterday. His deal does not include an invitation to training camp with the big-league club. Incaviglia played for Newark, of the independent Atlantic League, last year, batting .353 with nine home runs and 43 RBI in 50 games. In other baseball news: Infielder Mike Lansing, who played for Boston last season, agreed to a minor league contract with Cleveland.
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September 6, 1989 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Phillies general manager Lee Thomas has been looking for a director of player development since he reassigned Lance Nichols to the scouting department July 18. He considered people from around baseball. And yesterday he found his man right in the Phillies organization. The new farm director is Del Unser, former Phillies player, hitting coach and, most recently, minor league hitting instructor. Thomas said he had briefly considered Unser last year before hiring Nichols.
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February 28, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Baseball has banned players with minor league contracts from taking ephedra, the substance linked to the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler. The decision was made Monday by commissioner Bud Selig and transmitted to the teams in a memorandum by Jennifer Gefsky, a lawyer in the labor relations department of the commissioner's office. Players on 40-man major league rosters, including those on option to minor league teams, are not covered by the decision because they are members of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
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May 18, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate has a rotation of top prospects as well as centerfielder Roman Quinn on the roster, and Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover was on the recently completed road trip with the team. This is the third in a series of stories about the Fightin Phils. ERIE Pa. - Being a baseball lifer in the big leagues is one thing. Being a baseball lifer in the minor leagues is something else entirely. Just ask Dusty Wathan and Dave Lundquist, the primary caretakers of the Phillies' prospects playing this season at double-A Reading.
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June 5, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Pamela Davis, with fans chanting her name and forcing her to take a curtain call, pitched one inning of scoreless relief last night and got the win in a minor league exhibition game in Jacksonville, Fla. She is believed to be the first woman to pitch for a major league farm club under the current structure of the minor league system. Davis, a 21-year-old starter with the Colorado Silver Bullets women's baseball team, pitched for the Jacksonville Suns, a Double A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, against the Australian Olympic team.
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March 31, 1995 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
Inside the locker room of the Phillies' minor league complex, Norm Charlton was lamenting some innocence lost. "You see it on the kids' faces," the Phillies' rehabbing reliever said. "They're walking around two days ago, happy-go-lucky. Now they're just sitting there and thinking. " There has been a dilemma facing at least seven Phillies minor leaguers over the last two days, and probably more to follow. Offered jobs as replacement players on Wednesday, the players had until yesterday to accept them.
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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 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
READING - Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins have emerged this season as legitimate Phillies prospects. And it was almost impossible to discuss one this summer without talking about the other, so it is only fitting that the two Reading sluggers entered the final weekend of the season in almost a dead heat for the minor-league home run crown. Cozens, a 22-year-old outfielder, hit his 39th homer of the season on Saturday to break Darin Ruf's Reading single-season record from 2010. Hoskins, a 23-year-old first baseman, stands two home runs behind.
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September 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Triple-A Lehigh Valley A small transaction in June is paying large dividends at triple A and could provide the Phillies some starting pitching depth for next season. Phil Klein became the first IronPigs pitcher in six years to be named the International League's pitcher of the month. The 27-year-old righthander had a 1.06 ERA in five August starts with 46 strikeouts and just four walks in 34 innings. He made a spot start for the Phillies on Aug. 3 and should return to the majors at the end of the triple-A season.
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August 25, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Alec Asher is 24 years old, owns a career 9.31 ERA in the majors, and is serving an 80-game drug suspension. But the Phillies' interest in the righthander has not waned, and it is quite probable that Asher starts games for the team in September. That is because of two factors. One, the Phillies need arms to survive the remainder of the season. And, two, Asher impressed team officials before the suspension with his increased use of a sinker. "I'd like to see him," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.
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July 16, 2016 | By Jon Caroulis, FOR DoTHIS
The best part about minor-league baseball? It's half game, half game center. Minor-league baseball is more than a training ground for future big-leaguers - it's also a great value for families looking for a day or night out. Consider the experience of Timothy Field from Palmer Township, in the Lehigh Valley: He brings his 8-year-old son to games in Allentown when the boy visits during the summer. "I love the time here," Field says, adding that, while attending any sporting event with his son is special, there's something even more special about being together at a baseball game.
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