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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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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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January 31, 1998 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
The Phillies have made their first foray into the rapidly expanding Japanese market, signing lefthander Tomoyuki Uchiyama to a minor league contract with an invitation to the big league camp. Acting general manager Ed Wade admitted the team's scouting report on Uchiyama is sketchy at best. "We understand that his fastball is 90 mph and that he also throws a split-finger fastball and a slider," Wade said. "He has spent his entire career in middle relief. " The 29-year-old Uchiyama has played six years in Japan, the first two seasons for the Seibu Lions and since 1994 with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.
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March 29, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - While the Phillies played their final spring game in Florida, a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field on Thursday, Cole Hamels was next door at the minor-league complex beginning his journey back to the rotation. Recovering from biceps tendinitis and a fatigued arm, Hamels made his first start this spring in a game against Pittsburgh Pirates minor-leaguers. Hamels pitched two innings, although traditional rules did not hold. He wanted to face more batters, so he recorded four outs in the first inning and five outs in the second.
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March 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BRADENTON, Fla. - Ken Giles wasn't on the bus headed for Pirate City yesterday morning. Instead, his locker in the home clubhouse at Bright House Field had been cleared of any personal possessions. When his spring training resumes, Giles will be in the cramped, less attractive confines of the minor league clubhouse at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. Giles, the relief pitching prospect with the 100-mph arm, was among the half-dozen Phillies players who saw their time in major league camp come to an end yesterday.
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March 6, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The infielder was a month removed from Achilles' surgery, going about his daily rehab work and trying to keep a positive outlook. He relies on legs. His future is largely dependent on his legs' ability to recover and become strong again. Ryan Howard walked over to the kid last fall at the Phillies' state-of-the-art indoor training facility in Clearwater with some friendly words of advice. "Baby steps," Howard said. "You've got to keep a positive mindset.
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January 26, 2014
The Atlanta Braves agreed to a minor-league contract with righthander Freddy Garcia and invited him to their big-league spring-training camp. A 37-year-old righthander, Garcia went 1-2 with a 1.65 in six games for the Braves, including three starts, after he was acquired from Baltimore last year. He also pitched six solid innings in Game 4 of the division series against the Dodgers. Atlanta wanted a veteran to bolster a talented but young group of starters, especially after Tim Hudson signed with San Francisco.
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January 23, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AFTER receiving little to no interest from any major league teams last winter, two former Phillies outfielders left the country to re-establish their playing careers. Marlon Byrd revived his bat in Mexico and received a contract with the New York Mets before spring training. After a bounce-back season between New York and Pittsburgh, Byrd signed a 2-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies 2 months ago. Bobby Abreu's journey was a bit longer, but he is also back in the major leagues - and back with the team where he will one day have a place on its Wall of Fame, too. The Phillies signed Abreu, who turns 40 in March, to a minor league contract yesterday afternoon with an invitation to big-league camp.
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January 15, 2014
The Phillies signed veteran infielder Ronny Cedeno to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training, which opens Feb. 13 in Clearwater, Fla. Cedeno, 30, played in 89 games with Houston and San Diego last season, batting a combined .242 with eight doubles, three triples, three home runs and 21 RBIs. He has played all four infield positions at different points during a nine-year big-league career that included stints with the Chicago Cubs, Seattle, Pittsburgh and the New York Mets.
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September 9, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another minor-league season has come to a close and it was a difficult one for the Phillies in a lot of ways. Injuries derailed top prospects such as lefthander Adam Morgan, catcher Tommy Joseph, and shortstop Roman Quinn. Calls for relief at the big-league level mostly went unanswered when the team was still on the fringe of contention. None of the Phillies' minor-league affiliates reached postseason play. There were, however, some success stories. Infielder Maikel Franco wasn't among Baseball America's top 100 prospects at the start of the season, but he will likely be in the top 50 before the start of next season.
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August 14, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Romano, an Ambler native who built a successful produce business before purchasing minor-league baseball teams in three cities and becoming a Phillies scout, died of natural causes Thursday in Clearwater, Fla. Mr. Romano's age was not disclosed. His ownership tenure began in 1967 and lasted until 1983. He first operated a Detroit Tigers farm team in Erie, Pa. After selling that, he purchased the Houston Astros franchise in Williamsport, Pa. His team later moved to Elmira, N.Y., where it became an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Since 1983, he had served as an "assistant scout" with the Phillies, his nephew Bob Romano said.
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June 24, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lehigh Valley righthander Tyler Cloyd has noticeably struggled this season, except when he has pitched for the Phillies in two stints. In a true reversal of statistics, Cloyd is 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in six starts for the Phillies. That was improved over last year, when he was 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA for the Phillies. Cloyd's solid performance in the major leagues hasn't translated to triple A. He entered the weekend 1-5 with a 7.29 ERA for the IronPigs. "I would like to see Tyler pitch a little better," IronPigs manager Dave Brundage said.
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