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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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July 14, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
CINCINNATI - Yesterday's event was the most important to the Phillies during these All-Star festivities. It's certainly not tomorrow night's All-Star Game, in which closer Jonathan Papelbon will be the Phillies' lone representative. The only reason Philadelphia is even represented in the 86th edition is because of the archaic rule that says each franchise must be represented - even one that already is 33 games under .500. Furthermore, if all goes according to plan, Papelbon won't be a Phillie for much longer.
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October 17, 2010 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It would be easy to dismiss the smartly dressed woman sitting behind home plate in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series as disinterested. Wearing a red jacket and faux fur scarf, this woman put on her reading glasses and perused the November issue of Elle Decorating magazine during the early innings. She didn't even stand to watch a game-tying home run by Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, didn't scream out "Chooch" with the rest of the crowd as it rose around her. She never saw the blast reach the seats.
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May 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
COLE HAMELS navigated the small hallway leading up to the main event with his closest teammate by his side. There were cheers. And chants. They sang the national anthem, and later, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game. " There wasn't an empty seat in the house. Tom McCarthy stood behind the microphone and introduced Hamels. But Cole Hamels wasn't wearing Phillies red. No, it wasn't a Red Sox uniform, either. He wasn't outfitted in a Cardinals, Cubs or Padres hat. Hamels was wearing a a blue tie and a khaki suit as he stood next to his wife, Heidi, inside the cafeteria at John H. Webster Elementary School.
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June 13, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pick   Round   Player   School   Pos.    10   1    Cornelius Randolph    Griffin HS (Ga.)   SS    48   2     Scott Kingery    Arizona   2B    83   3     Luke Williams    Dana Hills HS (Calif.)   SS    114   4     Kyle Martin    South Carolina   1B    144   5     Bailey Falter    Chino Hills HS (Calif.)   LHP    174   6     Tyler Gilbert    Southern Cal   LHP    204   7     Luke Leftwich    Wofford College   RHP    234   8     Greg Pickett    Legend HS (Colo.)
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November 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Ryan Howard's twin brother sued him for $2.8 million; before his father, who helped manage the Phillies slugger's money, allegedly requested a $10 million separation payment; before Howard claimed his parents and brothers conspired to defraud him, Howard planned a mansion with eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The sprawling Florida home was a place for the family - especially Corey, Ryan's look-alike confidant who moved from St. Louis to Philadelphia in 2008 to live with Ryan.
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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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August 19, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's difficult to imagine that at the all-star break, the Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers were on even footing. Now one team is gearing for October, and the other for next season. The differing paths continued with the Dodgers' 5-0 win Saturday night over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, making interim manager Ryne Sandberg 0-2 and waiting for his team to score a run. The Phillies have been shut out 12 times this season. After games played on July 14, the Phillies entered the all-star break 48-48, and the Dodgers were 47-47.
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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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June 22, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg's tortured tenure as manager of the Phillies during one of their most woeful times - which is really saying something - ended Tuesday in Baltimore when Chase Utley openly berated the pitching coach, and by extension Sandberg, for a clumsy bit of strategy that was failing badly. What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored.
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July 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Cole Hamels' no-hitter Saturday at Wrigley Field was the first Aaron Nola witnessed in person at a major-league ballpark. The Phillies' rookie righthander sat in the visitors' dugout, palms sweating in the ninth inning as a teammate nine years his senior made history. "That's hard to follow," Nola said a day later, as a baseball from his first major-league triumph - yet another keepsake to add to the collection - rested on the top shelf of his locker. Sunday's series finale proved memorable, too, as the 22-year-old earned his first win for the Phillies in their 11-5 sweep-clinching rout of the Chicago Cubs.
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July 28, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
J EFFREY WALKER, the disgraced ex-cop behind one of Philly's biggest police scandals, will be sentenced for his crimes on Wednesday. But his punishment is hardly the end of a controversy that erupted about a decade ago, when attorneys first raised concerns about arrests made by the elite narcotics squad, where Walker once worked as an officer. Because, while Walker pleaded guilty and implicated his colleagues in crooked schemes to rob and beat drug dealers, those colleagues - Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, John Speiser, Perry Betts and Linwood Norman - were acquitted in May and got their jobs back earlier this month.
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July 28, 2015 | Daily News
PHILLIES FANS have on occasion stopped in their tracks and pointed to Chris Wheeler. They hesitate, then say: "Hey . . . hey, you're Harry Kalas!" To which Wheeler replies, "Now, that would be a big story. " Wheeler, a/k/a "Wheels," is recounting this yesterday, somewhere around the eighth hole at Blue Bell Country Club in Montgomery County, where he's playing a round of golf. He did color commentary and called play-by-play action for 37 years until 2013, when Comcast, in a $2.5 billion TV deal with the Phillies, dropped both Wheels and Gary "Sarge" Matthews.
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July 28, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THE STRANGEST PART was the celebration. For nine innings, you could feel yourself drifting away from whatever recess of the brain that controls the perception of time. Baseball has a way of doing that like no other sport. The cliches highlight the absence of a clock, but there is more to it than that. It is baseball's rhythm, its pacing, its repetition, the meditative nature of its spaces in between; it is its mechanics, all arcs and lines and angles and spheres, movers and things moved, potentiality and actuality.
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July 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - The 101-year-old ballpark that sits on the corner of Clark and Addison was mostly empty, other than the people who call it their place of business - ushers, janitors, media and stadium security - when Cole Hamels walked off the field for the final time on Saturday afternoon. Making his way from the press-conference room to the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field, where the Phillies celebrated his no-hitter, the 13th in franchise history, Hamels held a memento. Someone from the Cubs gave him the official scorecard.
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July 28, 2015
COLE HAMELS' legacy in Philadelphia begins and ends with arguably having the most influence over ending the city's championship drought in 2008. But a no-hitter in what might have been his final start in a Phillies uniform was pretty impressive, too. "Nothing will top winning a World Series, but I think this is probably on that top list," Hamels said. "It's right under it. " Daily News beat writer Ryan Lawrence, who has covered Hamels since the beginning of the 2008 season, picks his top five Hamels moments.
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July 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - When Cole Hamels returned to his locker stall on Saturday, he was greeted with a bottle of Dom Pérignon, a gift from his teammates for pitching a no-hitter at Wrigley Field. Less than 24 hours later, Aaron Nola collected his first big-league win in his second career start. What was his prize? "I got the ball," Nola said, more than happy with the souvenir. It's probably worth pointing out that Nola is just 13 months removed from his 21st birthday. "I'll stick with some water," the rookie righthander joked following an 11-5 win over the Cubs yesterday afternoon.
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July 28, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
When the July 31 trade deadline passed without the Phillies making a single move last season, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was openly ridiculed. He was accused by rival executives of asking too much for his players, a charge he vehemently denied. "We were not looking for exorbitant paybacks," Amaro said. "We were looking for players that would help us, but I think we were very reasonable in the discussions that we had. Frankly, I don't think the clubs were aggressive enough for the talent we have on our club.
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July 27, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Colleen Devaney started kindergarten at the right time. Had she tried to enter the year before - 1975 - Colleen, who has autism and cannot speak, might well have been rejected. But the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act had just passed, guaranteeing services to children with disabilities. The milestone Americans With Disabilities Act would follow in 1990. "She has been at the forefront of systems changing," Maureen Devaney, Colleen's mother, said Saturday at the city's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA. "We've figured out how to have her stay home and have a full life - she's sitting here in a crowd, which is sometimes challenging for her, and enjoying it. " Colleen Devaney, now 45, has grown up as access laws around her have continued to improve, thanks in part to activists like her mother, founder of Vision for Equality Inc., which aims to help the 14,000 Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities on a waiting list for state aid. On Saturday, events began at Dilworth Park with a series of speakers and continued with a parade along Market Street to the National Constitution Center.
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July 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - If Saturday marked Cole Hamels' final start in a Phillies uniform, he will have left his longtime club at his best. Six days before baseball's trade deadline, Hamels delivered his first career no-hitter, the 13th in franchise history, in the Phillies' 5-0 win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Two walks were the lone blemishes in an incredible - and incredibly timely - performance for the Phillies ace and top trade chip. "Just a surreal moment," Hamels said. "Nothing will top winning a World Series, but I think this is probably on that top list.
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