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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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March 17, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
There are multitaskers, and then there's Mayank Amin: pharmacist, entertainer, Hollywood body double, youth advocate, and owner of an event-planning firm whose clients include the Phillies. Amin launched Platinum Dream Events L.L.C. in January 2014, four months after starting his pursuit of an MBA from Villanova University - the "fast track" option, of course. I'm still catching my breath after spending a couple of hours with him last week, during which Amin dialed up Chris Brown's Turn Up the Music on his iPhone and busted a few moves for a photographer.
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March 16, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKELAND, Fla. - Outfielder Brian Bogusevic was running sprints behind the right-field wall at Joker Marchant Stadium when the Phillies bullpen catcher informed him he was going to be a late addition to Saturday's starting lineup. It was just 45 minutes before the first pitch of a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers, but Bogusevic said he had inclinations that Saturday would bring his first start of spring. Jeff Francoeur told Bogusevic during batting practice that he was feeling tight.
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March 10, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - J.P. Crawford was taking batting practice this winter near his home in California when a friend told him through the cage that Jimmy Rollins had been traded. The departure of the longest-tenured shortstop in Phillies history opened a clearer path for the team's shortstop of the future. "I was like 'Hmm. Good place to be in,' " Crawford said Sunday morning before the first full-squad workout for minor-league players. Baseball America ranks Crawford as the Phillies' top prospect and the 14th-best in all of baseball.
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March 17, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Things are different for the Phillies this spring. Everyone knows and acknowledges this. From 2004 through 2012, the Phillies came here with the expectation that they would compete for, if not presume to win, the National League East. In 2013 and 2014, they came here with the hope of repeating that success, even if anyone who had foreseen the team's predictable downward trajectory recognized that hope was faint. This spring is not like those springs. The expectations are minimal.
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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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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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April 8, 2013 | By John Rossi
This week's opening of the film 42 , on Jackie Robinson's integration of baseball, brings to mind the dramatic role played by Philadelphia in this seminal event in America's civil rights history. Robinson's integration of Major League Baseball during the 1947 season was revolutionary. The game had been segregated since the 1880s, reflecting the isolation of African Americans in the nation. Even in the years after World War II, America remained a segregated society, with African Americans, save for some entertainers and athletes like Joe Louis, largely invisible.
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September 5, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Phillies pitchers fired eight straight balls with the bases loaded, and that represented the nadir of Tuesday night. A rookie wearing No. 67 relieved them in the next inning, committed a balk, and surrendered two more runs. This is what September baseball looks like for the pitching staff with the National League's worst ERA. Washington permitted four unearned runs to the Phillies and still won, 9-6, because the home team failed at the game's most basic task of throwing strikes.
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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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March 22, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Maikel Franco's belongings were packed in a red duffel bag. His locker was nearly empty. The Phillies prospect clutched three bats in each hand and walked out of the clubhouse Friday morning. His time in major-league camp was up. The Phillies optioned the 22-year-old to minor-league camp after a slow start this spring. Franco hit .200 in 30 at-bats. All six of his hits were singles. He was projected to compete with Cody Asche for the starting job at third base. Franco failed to be much of a threat.
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March 22, 2015
BRADENTON, Fla. - Domonic Brown underwent an MRI exam Friday, a day after he was removed from a game because of a sore left Achilles tendon. The results showed no tear but revealed moderate tendinitis, a team spokesman said after the team's 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is listed as day-to-day, but it could be a week until he returns to the field. The rightfielder said his Achilles has been bothering him for two weeks. He left Thursday's win against the New York Yankees in the third inning.
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March 21, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - When Cameron Rupp enrolled in 2007 at the University of Texas, he became an education major. If his baseball career did not pan out, he planned to be a high school coach. His father coached Rupp's baseball and football teams when Rupp was growing up. His uncle was a college baseball coach. "I guess I'd have to be a teacher if I wanted to be a coach. So I went that route," Rupp said before Thursday night's game against the New York Yankees. "But it worked out this way. " Rupp put his coaching plans on hold when the Phillies drafted him in 2010.
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March 20, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It's not officially over for Cliff Lee. All he needs is a miracle, and he could be back throwing on a mound near you before the end of the summer. Even he concedes that is unlikely. "It's fairly likely it will remain the same," the Phillies lefthander said Monday at Bright House Field after the team placed him on the 60-day disabled list and announced that he will attempt a third rehab of his aching left elbow. Surgery has been recommended, but that would end Lee's season and tenure with the Phillies.
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March 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Seemingly each time they discuss Elvis Araujo, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure refer to the angle at which the ball travels from the pitcher's left hand to home plate. Araujo, in other words, stands an imposing 6-foot-6, 280 pounds. His fastball, which he complements with a slider and change-up, peaked this week at 97 miles per hour on the Bright House Field radar gun. In five Grapefruit League innings, he has allowed only two hits.
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March 20, 2015 | Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia City Councilman James F. Kenney won a coveted endorsement for his mayoral bid Wednesday evening from the union that represents the city's police officers. Kenney, already on a roll with other recent endorsements, was among four candidates seeking the support of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police, president John McNesby said. Kenney received more than 80 percent of the vote from the union's board of directors, which has about 180 members, McNesby said.
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March 20, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
What to do, now that the neighbors in New York, Maryland, and Ohio have casinos, too, and Pennsylvania's tax revenue from gambling has slipped from $1.40 billion in fiscal 2012 to $1.38 billion in 2013 and $1.32 billion in 2014? State Rep. John Payne (R., Dauphin) said he and Rep. Nick Kotik (D., Allegheny), senior members of the House Gaming Oversight Committee , want to add Internet and sports-betting programs that match the ones developing in New Jersey, Delaware, and other nearby states.
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March 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ask Anthony Vasquez about his circuitous route to becoming a Phillies' minor leaguer and you won't garner much context about his story. Most professional baseball players, he contends, encounter adversity in their path to the major leagues. "It's not just me by any means," Vasquez, 28, said this week. Of course, but not every ballplayer overcomes a life-threatening situation a year after his major league debut. Three Novembers ago, Vazquez, a starting pitcher, was rehabbing a shoulder injury at the Seattle Mariners' spring training complex in Peoria, Ariz., when he lost some of his vision in his right eye and experienced headaches.
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March 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - All was quiet on the Florida front yesterday morning. The Phillies enjoyed their last day off until Easter Sunday, the day before they open the 2015 regular season at Citizens Bank Park against the Boston Red Sox. Two weeks from today, the team will break camp and head north. Although spring training officially began a month ago, there are still many unanswered questions as the exhibition season nears its end and the regular season approaches. 1 Where will Cole Hamels be on Opening Day?
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