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August 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Ruben Amaro Jr. asked a small group of reporters to follow him. He found a spot in the empty stands, hours before another Phillies game, and talked for 30 minutes about the missteps that led to another failure. "Listen, I'm the GM of the club, so I fully expect to take heat for it," Amaro said. "I'm the one who is making the decisions on player personnel. I'm accountable for the things that have happened. I have not had a very good year; our team did not have a very good year.
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September 22, 1994 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Once, there may have been no job in America that Lee Thomas would rather have had than general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. But that was nearly a decade ago - in a very different time, before Thomas ever left the Cardinals to become general manager of the Phillies. Yesterday, however, Lee Thomas' onetime dream job opened up again when the Cardinals fired Dal Maxvill after nine years as GM. And one of the first names to pop to the top of the rumor circuit, naturally, was that of James Leroy Thomas.
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August 15, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. - For more than 6 weeks, from a month before the trade deadline until nearly 2 weeks after the deadline, Cole Hamels has had to answer questions about the possibility of playing somewhere other than Philly. On July 2, he made his stance clear. "I want to be here," Hamels said. "I'm happy to be here. " A month later, his family home in Newtown Square is up for sale and, well, people are connecting the dots. Even if the dots are on two different pages. Hamels, however, isn't looking for a new home in Philadelphia just yet. "We're building a house in Missouri," Hamels said before last night's game in Anaheim.
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August 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The margin for Ben Revere, a batter who does not walk or hit for power, is slim. He must hit at least .300, if not higher, to be productive. "That's when he's at his best," manager Ryne Sandberg said, an obvious statement in a sport that has forever valued failure in 7 of 10 attempts as triumphant. So here is Revere, a polarizing player with a .307 batting average since the start of 2013, and a living lesson in the dangers of relying on batting average as a sound metric.
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August 13, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Monday morning, the Taney Dragons boarded a bus to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series. The Mid-Atlantic Regional champions from Center City have gained quite a few notable fans for the tournament, which begins Thursday. Taney will play its first game in the 16-team World Series against Southeast Regional champion South Nashville (Tenn.) on Friday at 3 p.m. at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Among the new supporters are the Phillies. First baseman Ryan Howard said he hopes the Dragons seize the opportunity.
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August 18, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Reading righthander Aaron Nola understood that this was another learning experience. After a sterling performance in a 9-2 win over Harrisburg in his double-A debut Aug. 6, the Phillies' first-round draft choice from LSU was quickly humbled in a rematch. During his second start, also against Harrisburg, Nola allowed three runs on three solo home runs in four innings Wednesday. He struck out two and walked one in throwing 78 pitches, 51 for strikes. "This makes me want to get over this quickly," Nola said.
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August 22, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - What happened Wednesday night at Howard J. Lamade Stadium really did not matter. That would have been true even if Mo'ne Davis and the Taney Dragons had not been on the wrong end of an 8-1 score against a high-powered team from Las Vegas in the Little League World Series. There will be a winner of this amazing event come Sunday just as there has been every year since 1947, and it's still possible that Taney will be that team. The degree of difficulty was raised considerably with Wednesday's loss, which set up an inner-city matchup Thursday between Taney and a team from Chicago.
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August 15, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
LET'S SAY you are the owner of a baseball team, and you are looking to hire a person who will be in charge of putting a quality product on the field. Call the position a general manager, call it a president of baseball ops, it doesn't really matter. The baseball buck stops with this person. If each of your interviews was limited to one question, what question would you ask? How about: What's your plan?  That's what I would want to ask this person. I am looking to hire somebody who will inherit a mess.
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December 9, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bold best describes what Ruben Amaro Jr. has done so far in putting together the 2014 Phillies and it sure is appropriate that the word ends with the letters O-L-D. The construction of this team essentially started in August, when the general manager decided the proper course of action was to extend the contract of second baseman Chase Utley, a man who turns 35 this month and missed huge chunks of time in 2011 and 2012 because of a chronic condition that has invaded both of his knees.
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August 20, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ON THE SURFACE, it was one of those mid-August wins that years from now will be notable only for the trivia possibilities of the names in the box score. Jerome Williams and Andres Blanco. Remember those guys? Yet even if Williams' seven solid innings and Blanco's three-run home run will prove to be of little consequence in the grand scheme of things, there were a couple of morsels buried in the Phillies' 4-1 win over the visiting Mariners that could be worth storing for future reference.
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August 22, 2014 | BY JERRY GAUL & JUSTIN KLUGH, Philly.com
THE UFC signed Philadelphia native Eddie Alvarez (25-3)to a contract Tuesday, and the mixed martial arts organization already has announced his first fight. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (24-6), the fourth-ranked lightweight in the UFC, is slated to be Alvarez' first test in the co-main event at UFC 178 in Las Vegas on Sept. 27. Alvarez, 30, was born in Kensington and wrestled at North Catholic High. "It's no secret Kensington is a fighting town, it's actually where 'Rocky' was filmed," said Alvarez, who signed with UFC after requesting and being granted his release from Bellator.
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August 22, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - What happened Wednesday night at Howard J. Lamade Stadium really did not matter. That would have been true even if Mo'ne Davis and the Taney Dragons had not been on the wrong end of an 8-1 score against a high-powered team from Las Vegas in the Little League World Series. There will be a winner of this amazing event come Sunday just as there has been every year since 1947, and it's still possible that Taney will be that team. The degree of difficulty was raised considerably with Wednesday's loss, which set up an inner-city matchup Thursday between Taney and a team from Chicago.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
PHILLY'S own Maria Walsh took home the title yesterday in the Rose of Tralee, an international competition based in Kerry, Ireland, celebrating Irish culture. Walsh, a studio manager at Anthropologie, is the first Philly girl to win. Walsh is full of Philly spirit. She told the Independent about her win: "I'm not the only short-haired, tattooed or even long-haired, tattooed woman out there, and I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and just seeing what happens. " Walsh, who was born in Boston and moved back to Ireland when she was 7 before returning to the U.S., wasn't even the front-runner.
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August 22, 2014 | BY BETH D'ADDONO, For the Daily News
OUT WITH the ironically bearded cocktail gurus bent on brown spirits. In with the boat drinks. Craft cocktails - drinks that put the emphasis on handmade, seasonal and customized ingredients - have spent the past decade dominating the adult beverage scene. Here, in a city known for libation-making (after all, the world wouldn't have intoxicating Fish House punch if it weren't for an 18th-century fishing club on the Schuylkill), cocktail trends play out in neighborhood bars and swank saloons near you. Lately, refined libations are turning from serious to fun.   Art in craft "There seems to be a playfulness happening," said Colin O'Neill, a sculptor-turned-mixologist at the highly regarded Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. speakeasy-style bar on 18th Street near Chestnut that's known for scrupulous mixology.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just four years after it started opening Bottom Dollar discount groceries in and around Philadelphia, Europe's Delhaize grocery group has put its 46 Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley stores up for sale, along with 20 more in the Pittsburgh and northwestern Ohio regions, Food Trade News reports, citing rival grocers who have received bid invitations. Delhaize America , the company's U.S. unit, didn't return a call seeking comment and wouldn't talk to Food Trade News, either.
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August 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels lingered in the on-deck circle Wednesday as Seattle reliever Tom Wilhelmsen tossed four intentional balls to Andres Blanco. It was the fifth inning, and Hamels knew this ended his uninspired afternoon. He dangled his bat in disappointment. Jake Diekman warmed in the bullpen. Later, after a 4-3 Phillies win over Seattle at Citizens Bank Park, the 27-year-old lefthanded reliever recalled how bleak his practice throws were. He could not control the baseball. "I was panicking," Diekman said.
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August 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Montgomery, speaking Tuesday to a group of fans at Citizens Bank Park, issued yet another vote of confidence for Ruben Amaro Jr. The Phillies, who have spent more than $500 million in payroll since the start of the 2012 season, will miss the postseason for the third straight year. "Ruben is not on the hot seat," Montgomery, the team's president, told fans. The question-and-answer session was part of the team's annual Baseball 101 event for women. Montgomery, who is undergoing treatment for jaw cancer, has not changed his public message about Amaro, his embattled general manager.
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August 22, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant sparked an Internal Affairs probe this month after he showed up at a police district off-duty, handed over three handguns and then refused to cooperate when officers began to ask questions, the Daily News has learned. Sgt. Brandon Ruff, an eight-year veteran, walked into the 35th Police District, at Broad Street and Champlost Avenue in Ogontz, at 10 p.m. Aug. 3 with three handguns - a 9 mm Taurus, a .38-caliber Taurus revolver, and a Bryco Arms .380 - in a maroon handbag, according to a police incident report.
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August 22, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
ONE DAY after publication of his first book, The Way Forward , U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan made Philly the first stop on his book tour last night, chatting with broadcast personality and columnist Michael Smerconish in front of more than 300 people at the Union League. The Wisconsin Republican and onetime vice-presidential candidate got a warm welcome, with a cocktail reception and a meet-and-greet before speaking to the audience in an evening hosted by the World Affairs Council. For more than an hour, Ryan touched on: the state of the conservative movement; U.S. foreign policy; Ferguson, Mo.; Obamacare; his life as the youngest of four children and a fifth-generation Wisconsinite; and his early career, starting with a stint behind the counter at McDonald's.
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August 22, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
AS MANY AS 35,000 people trekked to see the latest episode in Taney Little League's destiny run last night, fueled by ESPN's blanket coverage and the appearance of star pitcher Mo'ne Davis on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, and fueling further adulation and, yes, unease. The concern that this is too much too soon is well-meant. But if I've learned anything as a parent helping to raise three children to adulthood, it is that as much pressure is felt during an untelevised regional spelling bee or debate at that age as there is a televised game.
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