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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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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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March 31, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez packed his bags Sunday morning and made the short walk from Bright House Field to the Phillies' minor-league clubhouse. The recipient of the most lucrative international contract in team history will again start a baseball season in the minor leagues. A dismal 141/3-inning sample size ensured Gonzalez a ticket to triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he will begin the season. This spring was different for the Cuban righthander but only for the fact that he was healthy.
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March 9, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The other spring training opens for the Phillies Sunday morning at the Carpenter Complex, and, given the state of the team, it is the more important one. For the first time in this century, the Phillies arrived on the Gulf Coast of Florida as neither contenders nor pretenders. The proclamation from team president Pat Gillick in the offseason was that the Phillies are officially rebuilding. Depressing as that is for the fans, it has an entirely different meaning for the long list of minor-leaguers reporting for Sunday's first full-squad workout.
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December 28, 2014 | FROM WIRE REPORTS
The Phillies are close to signing lefthander Wandy Rodriguez, according to the team's play-by-play broadcaster Angel Ibo, stated a report on MLBlogs.com. The deal is expected to be a minor-league contract, but Rodriguez, who has made just 18 starts over the last two season, would have an opportunity to compete for a spot in the rotation. Rodriguez, 35, has been hampered with injuries the last couple of seasons and only started six games in 2014. Across 10 major-league, Rodriguez is 91-94 with a 4.06 ERA. Nats sign Uggla The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with second baseman Dan Uggla on a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training.
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December 24, 2014 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
THE PHILLIES signed three players to minor league contracts yesterday: first baseman Chris McGuiness, and righthanded pitchers Kevin Slowey and Sean O'Sullivan. All three players received invitations to spring training as nonroster invitees. Pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout in Clearwater, Fla., on Feb. 19. McGuiness, 26, hit .264 with a .770 OPS and nine home runs in 126 games at Indianapolis last season, the Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He appeared in 10 big-league games with Texas in 2013.
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November 15, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE PHILLIES signed nine players to minor league contracts, including Jeff Francoeur, and invited them to spring training. The non-roster invitees are: * Andres Blanco: The 30-year-old infielder batted .277 in 25 games for the Phils last season. * Brian Bogusevic: The 30-year-old outfielder has played 299 major league games over four seasons with the Astros and Cubs. He batted .236 with 17 home runs, 62 RBI and 22 stolen bases. * Russ Canzler: The 28-year-old utility man played at Lehigh Valley and Scranton-Wilkes-Barre last season.
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October 8, 2014
T HE PHILLIES announced the hiring of Rafael Chaves as the minor league pitching coordinator yesterday. Chaves, 46, was the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor league coordinator from 2009 to 2013 before spending the past season as a player personnel special assistant with the Dodgers. "We are extremely excited to add Rafael to our staff," Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and is one of the most respected names in our business when it comes to developing pitchers.
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