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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.
NEWS
February 21, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Before the Phillies officially opened their self-proclaimed rebuilding season on a wind-chilled Thursday morning at the Carpenter Complex, one of the young, promising pitchers they hope is part of a better tomorrow declared that he has been rejuvenated. "Something is testing me and I'm going to answer the bell," Jesse Biddle said. "I'm right here and I'm ready to keep going. " That's good news for the Phillies because the list of things that tested their 2010 first-round draft pick last season was long and surreal, leaving some to wonder if his career was going to crash and burn before he even reached the big leagues in his hometown.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
STAN HOCHMAN was a people person. Wrote about them. Cared about them. So it's not surprising the Brooklyn native ended up at the People Paper. Hochman's storied career at the  Daily News  began when he was hired to cover the Phillies on June 9, 1959. Over the next 55 years, he chronicled the town's most memorable sports events and athletes, including the collapse of the 1964 Phillies, Joe Frazier's loss in the "Thrilla in Manila," Villanova's NCAA title run, and the Sixers', Flyers' and Phillies' championships.
SPORTS
January 23, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Fifty-five minutes before the Eagles introduced Doug Pederson as their new head coach earlier this week in front of a packed auditorium at their practice facility, the relatively new manager of the Phillies talked about the dinosaur that will still be in the room when his team gathers for the start of spring training next month down in Clearwater, Fla. The audience at Citizens Bank Park wasn't nearly as big as the one across the street, but the...
SPORTS
October 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Starting pitchers Alec Asher RHP Asher, 23, struggled in all but one of his first seven major-league starts, and it would take a big spring for him to make next year's starting rotation. It is likely he will begin 2016 as sorely needed depth atop the triple-A rotation. Jesse Biddle LHP The former first-round pick from Germantown Friends finished his sixth minor-league season on the triple-A disabled list and is seeking a second opinion on his elbow. Next season could be make or break for the soon-to-be 24-year-old, who has yet to consistently harness his above-average pitch repertoire.
SPORTS
January 16, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Mark Appel knows all about labels. The righthander said he does not pay attention, but he hears it. "Murmurs," he called them, the words tossed around when a No. 1 overall pick stumbles to a 5.12 ERA during his first three professional seasons before being traded. "It's part of the territory," Appel said. "It even started before I was in pro ball. I went back to school [at Stanford] for my senior year. I was labeled 'greedy.' Then I get picked [first overall] and I'm labeled with 'high expectations.' Then I struggle in the minors and now I get labeled a 'bust.' Right?
SPORTS
March 29, 2013
The Phillies may be dancing to their last waltz this season after winning the World Series in 2008. What the core players did: The Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays, four games to one, to win the 2008 title and were led by Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins struggled at the plate, but Series MVP Cole Hamels struck out eight and allowed just four earned runs in 13 innings over two starts. Here is how they fared that season: Hamels: 14-10 regular season; 1-0, 2.77 ERA and World Series MVP. Howard: .251, 48 HRS, 153 RBIs regular season; .286, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs World Series.
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February 16, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Domonic Brown repeated the words more than once as he stood in front of his locker Tuesday afternoon. "I'm hungry," he said. A deep-fried cheeseburger could not curb the kind of appetite Brown has right now. The only thing that can make the Phillies' rookie feel full again is a job as manager Charlie Manuel's opening-day rightfielder when the team plays the Houston Astros April 1 at Citizens Bank Park. At one point last summer as Brown ripped through the Eastern League at double-A Reading and then the International League with triple-A Lehigh Valley, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the franchise's best prospect would slide into the right-field spot vacated when free agent Jayson Werth signed elsewhere.
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January 14, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
One hundred and 99 days ago, the Phillies introduced Andy MacPhail as their president-in-waiting, the successor to Hall of Fame executive Pat Gillick. MacPhail, a lifelong baseball man who had stepped away from the game for more than three years, sat down that night in a private box at Citizens Bank Park to get a closer look at what he was getting himself into. The Phillies were beginning a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers and even though they owned the worst record in baseball, the Brewers were only two games better in the National League standings.
SPORTS
October 28, 2009
WHATEVER YOU think about the hated New York Yankees, you can thank them for one of the most fortunate transactions in Philadelphia baseball history. And, no, I'm not talking about taking Bobby Abreu off our hands. In 1955 - 5 years after the Bronx Bombers swept the Phils in their only other World Series matchup - the Yankees sold us their giant scoreboard. That's right, the Ballantine Beer scoreboard - the famous 50-foot-tall behemoth that towered in right-centerfield at Connie Mack Stadium at 21st & Lehigh.
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January 31, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
When the 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show opens its doors at 9 a.m. Saturday, the Pennsylvania Convention Center will roar to life with 700,000 square feet of horsepower, all polished to a shine. It's a nine-day event to connect buyer and seller in a relaxed atmosphere, said David Kelleher, Auto Show chairman. "It's the one opportunity you get every 12 months to go in and immerse yourself and enjoy it," said Kelleher, who also is president of David Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Here are the highlights that auto manufacturers and Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia wanted to show off from Friday's media preview: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica: This new model aims to take the minivan upscale.
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January 31, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Jesse Biddle, the Germantown Friends graduate and former first-round pick, was designated for assignment Friday by the Phillies in a transaction that could end the lefty's once-promising time with his hometown team. The Phillies replaced Biddle on the 40-man roster with a waiver claim - reliever Bobby LaFromboise, a 29-year-old lefthander with a 3.63 ERA in 27 career games. Biddle, 24, will miss the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October. The Phillies have 10 days to either trade, release or waive Biddle.
NEWS
January 30, 2016
A 17-year-old boy was in extremely critical condition Thursday night after crashing an off-road motorcycle head-on into a sport-utility vehicle in North Philadelphia, police said. Shortly after 8 p.m., police were called to the 2500 block of Glenwood Avenue, where they found the teen lying in the street with severe injuries to his head and upper body, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The teen was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital. The boy was riding the dirt bike, which had no lights, north on Glenwood when it collided with a BMW SUV, Small said.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Car shoppers used to judge a candidate's character with horsepower and zero-to-60-mph ratings. And some "kicked the tires" for reasons that escape me. Today, it's all the newfangled tech inside the car, under the hood, and even hiding in the bumpers that most interests consumers. "And it's changing so rapidly," said David Kelleher, chairman of this year's Philadelphia Auto Show, celebrating its Black Tie Gala opening Friday night, general opening Saturday. "Skip a car show and you miss a bevy of technology.
SPORTS
January 30, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Matt Klentak, in his first winter at the head of a baseball operations department, wanted to learn how companies manage information. The 35-year-old Phillies general manager surveyed people in baseball, other sports, and some with zero connections to the game. How, he asked, do you implement analytics into decisions? Those talks led him to Andy Galdi, a 30-year-old Google employee who was hired Thursday as the Phillies' first-ever director of baseball research and development. "He's the perfect guy to help grow us forward in this area," Klentak said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
If cars are your thing, then the 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show is already on your calendar, and you're already dying to see models of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, Jaguar F-Pace, and Lincoln Continental, along with hundreds of others. But those who aren't pulled in by 700,000 square feet of shine and horsepower - yes, some people don't get excited by the vroom vroom of an engine, and, no, we don't know what's wrong with them either - may still find much more to enjoy at this year's event when it kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday and runs through 6 p.m. Feb. 7. The Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia has lined up everything from soccer World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Carli Lloyd to a selection of food and drinks unlike any previous years.
SPORTS
January 29, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Andy MacPhail, the Phillies president, is telling everyone to be patient. The team didn't become the worst in the major leagues in just one season, and it will take more than just that to turn things around. This makes perfect sense. Matt Klentak, the fresh, young general manager, preaches slow growth. Building a team is a process, and the process takes a while. Baseball does not reward haste, and he couldn't be more right. But it is still January and there is no hope to be found anywhere else.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Not Your Grandfather's Manufacturing wasn't the title of Wednesday's Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce event on manufacturing. But it could have been, given the panelists on stage at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Give up the image of "dark, dirty, dangerous, and underpaid," with "rows of people doing menial tasks," said panelist Evan Malone, founder of NextFab, the hardware technology incubator and product development services company in South Philadelphia. Instead, Malone urged the audience of 160 businesspeople, lawyers, bankers, and workforce-development professionals to think about 3-D printers which can make initial samples of a new product for only $5 to $10 each, eliminating the need to risk $5,000 to $10,000 to make injection-molding tooling just to test out a design with a small number of customers.  That's the same price, he said, that it would take to use injection-molding technology to spit out a few thousand pieces.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, INQUIRER STAFF
City Commissioner Lisa Deeley's push to have all three Philadelphia election commissioners keep daily work logs - and have their pay docked if they do not - was stalled Wednesday morning for lack of support from the two other commissioners, Al Schmidt and the board's chairman, Anthony Clark. When Deeley offered motions to explore the work-log rule and four other arguably less controversial steps, she could not get either colleague to second her motions at the board's meeting. Clark, whose pattern of not showing up at the office has drawn wide criticism, and Schmidt, who backed Clark's renomination as chairman earlier this month, both sat silent, looking down at paperwork in front of them.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A proposed City Council bill that apparently would give police the power to approve or deny licenses for certain musical venues generated a swift backlash from musicians and fans Wednesday. The bill also calls for venues accommodating 50 or more people to provide the full name, address, and phone number of any performers - information that would then be made available to police. As news about the legislation spread Wednesday, anger erupted on social media - mainly directed at the bill's sponsor, Councilman Mark Squilla.
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