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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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September 9, 2011
Observations, insinuations, ruminations and unvarnished opinions . . . WHEN A BASEBALL front-office man leaves on short notice or, in the case of Chuck LaMar, no notice, baseball's unwritten law of Omerta kicks in. Shhhhhhhhhh . . . Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro's surprise statement during the second game of the Braves sweep stretched the word "terse" to its limit. But veteran Rubenologists will tell you the terser the message, the tenser the situation that provoked it. Now, The Fly on the Wall is not always right.
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July 25, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
I FIND A CERTAIN discomfort in the rapidity with which we in the public sphere take to oiling our guillotines and polishing our dinnerware when confronted with the professional missteps of our fellow man. Not because we fail to consider the gravity of the action that we endorse, although that is often the case, but because we seem to desire ends that are more punitive than constructive. In leading lustful choruses of "Off with his head!" we not only drown out actions that might truly affect change, we also offer implicit endorsements of the structural integrity of the organizations we expect to heed our calls.
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July 19, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
This is all beginning to feel familiar, isn't it? If you're of a certain age and have followed the Phillies long enough, it should. If it isn't, take a seat, my young and once-innocent friends, and listen for a little while. You'll have a better understanding of what you're in for. Promise. Let's say you're 19, 20, maybe even as old as 25. The Phillies you've known went 10 years, from 2003 through 2012, without a losing season. They won five division titles, two National League pennants, a World Series.
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July 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - The last time the Phillies were pressured into trading Cliff Lee, they emerged with Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies, and J.C. Ramirez. There is no such mandate to jettison Lee at this moment, not when the lefthander languished for two months with a strained left elbow. But that disturbance in Lee's elbow creates an unsettling dynamic. The Phillies need not hasten a Lee trade because he would hold value this winter; then again, what if Lee returns to the rotation and his flexor tendon or ulnar collateral ligament bursts?
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July 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The incentive to trade Jonathan Papelbon was appealing even before Ken Giles pulled down the brim to his red Phillies hat and confused major-league hitters with his fastball-slider combination. Papelbon, before the 2012 season, signed the richest deal ever awarded to a closer - an anachronistic agreement for a position devalued by the rest of baseball. The Phillies, not surprisingly, explored ways to escape the four-year pact before the second season ended. But Papelbon carried too many red flags, and a trade last summer was never consummated.
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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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July 22, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Here's a fun game: Try to predict who will be in the Phillies' rotation next season. We'll spot you Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, despite the potential that one of them is traded before Opening Day 2015. A.J. Burnett? A return would seem unlikely given his availability on the trade block, his contemplation of retirement last offseason, and the Phillies' rebuilding status. Roberto Hernandez? He'll be a free agent. And while he has a 4.22 ERA, he hasn't looked like anything more than a spot starter.
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July 18, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
OVER THE next 2 weeks, you will hear a lot of numbers that attempt to quantify the quality of prospects the Phillies receive in exchange for the veterans they inevitably will trade away. As you attempt to digest all of that information, keep this number in mind: one. That's the number of players currently playing major league baseball at a league-average level who were considered to be among the top 15 prospects in the Mariners' organization at the time of the Phillies' infamous trade of Cliff Lee. Of all the players Ruben Amaro Jr. and Co. did not acquire in exchange for their ace, only Michael Saunders would be helping them in their attempt to avoid an ugly transition to the future.
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July 26, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
When the end is near, it's always interesting to look back at the beginning. Nobody is sure that the end is near for Ryan Howard, and the educated guess here is that it is not. All we know for certain is that the second-most-prolific slugger in Phillies history was benched by manager Ryne Sandberg in the final two games of a series against the San Francisco Giants. That's what you have to call it when a player making $25 million is not in the lineup for a second straight game, even though the opposing pitcher - in this case, Tim Hudson - is a righthander who has been roughed up by Howard through the course of their careers.
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July 26, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
When the end is near, it's always interesting to look back at the beginning. Nobody is sure that the end is near for Ryan Howard, and the educated guess here is that it is not. All we know for certain is that the second-most-prolific slugger in Phillies history was benched by manager Ryne Sandberg in the final two games of a series against the San Francisco Giants. That's what you have to call it when a player making $25 million is not in the lineup for a second straight game, even though the opposing pitcher - in this case, Tim Hudson - is a righthander who has been roughed up by Howard through the course of their careers.
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July 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 90th strike fired by Cole Hamels was an 85-m.p.h. change-up that darted to a precise spot, low and away from Michael Morse. The San Francisco outfielder flailed at Hamels' signature offering. Hamels, who has the innate skill every fifth day to temporarily suspend the frustration of a $190 million payroll, walked with purpose to the dugout. His start, a 2-1 Phillies win Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, concluded with eight masterful innings. Hamels has expressed his dismay with this underachieving roster but casts himself as a helpless participant.
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July 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg deemed a meeting with Ryan Howard necessary after the first-year Phillies manager posted a lineup for the second straight day that reinforced Howard's status as the most expensive platoon player in baseball history. Sandberg explained to his $125 million first baseman why a career .328 hitter against Giants starter Tim Hudson, in 80 plate appearances, was again benched. Howard was not receptive to the idea. Howard, who answered questions about his new reality for 10 minutes Wednesday, declined to speak Thursday after a 2-1 win over San Francisco.
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July 26, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Along West Diamond Street about noon Thursday, FBI officers laid out hazmat suits and jars of fingerprint dust. The only thing under investigation, however, was whether they could beat the Strawberry Mansion All-Star Baseball League in a softball game. The feds and the young ballplayers have been challenging each other for the last eight summers in an effort to make city children more comfortable around the authorities. "It was really designed to kill the stigma between kids and law enforcement," said Derrick Ford, founder and head of the Strawberry Mansion All-Star Baseball League.
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July 26, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Ride-share" services Uber and Lyft won temporary authority from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday to operate in Pittsburgh and surrounding Allegheny County. In another development, taxi cabs in Philadelphia will be required to install security cameras this year, following approval Thursday by the state Independent Regulatory Review Commission. The security cameras will monitor both the driver and passengers, and are designed to improve safety for both, said the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which regulates taxis in Philadelphia.
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July 26, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles shuffled to the microphone in flip-flops and a black baseball cap. A crowd of reporters and cameras formed a semicircle around the Eagles quarterback and each time he was asked a question by someone on the outer edges, Foles would turn and face him. It had been over a month since Foles last publicly spoke. In the intervening time, as the Phillies sank into nonrelevancy, the local sports media vacuum had been filled by a   Philadelphia   magazine profile of Foles that questioned whether he had enough ego to be a successful NFL quarterback.
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July 26, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. strongly refuted reports Friday that suggested the team may buy out the contract of slumping first baseman Ryan Howard now or at the end of the season. After this year, the Phillies will owe Howard $60 million, which includes $25 million for both 2015 and 2016. There is a club option in 2017 with a $10 million buyout. "All I can tell you is that's not in our best interest," Amaro said before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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July 25, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A father played catch with his son Tuesday afternoon on the Citizens Bank Park grass. This was hours before Ryan Howard struck out with the winning run on third base and one out in the ninth inning; before San Francisco chose to intentionally walk Chase Utley in the 11th to face Howard, who grounded out; before manager Ryne Sandberg benched Howard on Wednesday for Darin Ruf. "Here comes the knuckleball," Howard said. Darian, 13, caught it, and smiled. He tossed the ball back to his father.
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July 25, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ELEVEN MONTHS ago, to the surprise of many at the timing if not at the actual event itself, Charlie Manuel walked out of Citizens Bank Park for the final time with his to-go lunch bag in his hand and his vacated manager's office behind him. Any team in any sport that fails to field a winning product for multiple seasons in a row - the Phillies are well on their way to season No. 3 - will endure changes. Some are subtle, others can shake the very foundation of the franchise. Manuel's departure as manager last August falls under the latter.
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July 25, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
YOU CAN file Martorano's, the new, upscale Italian room at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, under "never say never. " In February 2013, restaurateur Steve Martorano told the People Paper that he had no interest in Atlantic City, reasoning that the Philly/Jersey/New York region already had enough Italian comfort-food restaurants like his. But his partnerships in Vegas at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (he's also opening soon at the Paris casino)...
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