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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 4, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 73, Dick Allen finally looked his age. Representing the Phillies at a June public event, it was clear the Wampum Walloper's sinewy body was softening at last. The sweatpants he inexplicably wore revealed a slight belly. His hair, now white as a fresh home uniform, resembled Don King's. And though a pair of Jackie O-sized sunglasses obscured much of his face, they couldn't hide the weariness. It seemed that all the "what ifs", which 46 years after he left the Phillies following the 1969 season, still cling like sinkers to his legacy, had become too much to bear.
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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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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 11, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Mickey Moniak noticed whenever top Phillies executives surveyed a La Costa Canyon High School game this spring. His coach, Justin Machado, often watched Moniak sneak a peek. The Phillies sent every important decision maker to the school north of San Diego, with Hall of Fame former general manager Pat Gillick at the forefront. They saw Moniak spray the field with triples and homers. They saw elite speed in center field. They began to dream about the 18-year-old as he reached new feats with every chance to showcase for the Phillies.
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October 4, 2011 | By Michael Vitez, Human-interest writer
Nobody else could sell pistachios. Others tried. Just Pistachio Girl. She parted the seas, the standing-room-only crowds at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night, and bounced down the aisles, a cult figure. Art Ehlo, 58, a season-ticket holder down the third-base line, gave her a fist bump. "I've got pictures of her in my phone with me," he said. Debbie Brown, an usher in Section 136, took a photo. "She's fascinating," Brown said. "She's part of this ballpark. There's a whole page for her on Facebook, 'Fans of The CBP Pistachio Girl.' " More than 500 people "like" it. Pistachio Girl has no idea who started it. In Section 116, a desperate voice rang out, "I love you, Pistachio Girl!"
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May 23, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
How are the Phillies' top 10 prospects, as ranked by MLB.com, faring in the minor leagues? (Weekly stats from May 13 to May 19.) J.P. Crawford SS, Lehigh Valley (AAA) Crawford snapped out of a funk at the plate by going 3 for 6 on Tuesday with three RBIs. The shortstop was rewarded with a promotion on Friday to triple A. He has 11 walks in May and has struck out just five times this month.   AB H BA 2B 3B HR BB SO RBI SB Last week 15 6 .400 2 0 1 4 0 5 1 Season 136 36 .265 8 0 3 30 21 13 5   RHP, Lehigh Valley (AAA)
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November 13, 2011
With the addition of Jonathan Papelbon as the closer, we now know that the Phillies' pitching department is at least going to remain among baseball's elite, if not the gold standard. We also know that pitching was not the problem during these past two postseasons, when the Phillies were eliminated first by the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series and then by the St. Louis Cardinals one round earlier. Nothing is wrong with the plan that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies have implemented.
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May 5, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki, Inquirer Staff Writer
 Jamie Moyer has seen and pitched enough baseball to know nothing is fair.                                                                
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July 10, 2011
We have reached the all-star break and the Phillies are on pace to win more than 100 games for only the third time in franchise history. The starting rotation, even with one of its four aces (Roy Oswalt) and the expected fifth wheel (Joe Blanton) on the disabled list, has more than lived up to expectations. The bullpen, despite being on its fourth closer (Antonio Bastardo), has far exceeded expectations. The lineup, rarely intact for the second straight season because of an assortment of injuries, continues its downward spiral from the height of its success, when the team won the World Series in 2008.
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June 17, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
He smashed seven homers in his first 21 major-league games, so Tommy Joseph had an idea of what would come next. Pitchers were going to change how they threw to him. A five-game stretch in which Joseph went 1 for 20 with six strikeouts served as a sign that he will need to adapt with them. He went 0 for 4 with a long flyout Wednesday. The 24-year-old first baseman will have every chance to do just that. These are the entertaining moments for a rebuilding team, the opportunity to see whether a young hitter can prove his talent beyond a few stellar weeks.
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June 17, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
AFTER THE INDIGNITY of Wednesday night, it's time to set the big man free. The punchless Phillies faced righthander Marco Estrada and the powerful Blue Jays. Ryan Howard, the Phillies' franchise first baseman for the last decade, was 4-for-11 with a homer and four RBI against Estrada. Tommy Joseph, the new starting first baseman, was 1-for-16 with six strikeouts in his previous four games, was hitting .230 against righthanders (vs. .400 against lefties, if that matters) and had started five games in a row. It was the perfect time for manager Pete Mackanin to rest the rookie.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police on Wednesday released an image of a man suspected of shooting another man outside a West Philadelphia motorcycle club last month. The 23-year-old victim was critically injured. The shooting happened about 4:30 a.m. May 7 outside the "Family" Motorcycle Club on the 5100 block of Haverford Avenue, police said. Police found the victim outside the club right after the shooting and took him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. According to the preliminary investigation, police said, the victim had been inside the club with a woman before he was shot.
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June 17, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
A $1 million sanction imposed on insurance defense lawyer Nancy Raynor because her witness gave precluded testimony in a medical-malpractice trial has been overturned by a Pennsylvania appellate court. The Superior Court panel found that the instructions of Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto were vague and left open the possibility that the testimony was permissible. The $1 million sanction, imposed on Raynor after a 2012 trial, caused an uproar in the Philadelphia bar, with many lawyers arguing that the fine was excessive and that it exposed lawyers to punishing sanctions for conduct by witnesses beyond their control.
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June 17, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
The union that represents Philadelphia School District principals and other administrators Wednesday night rejected a proposed four-year contract that called for a 3 percent bonus, some salary increases, and no increase in health-care costs. Robert McGrogan, president of Teamsters Local 502 of the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators, said his membership rejected the tentative agreement by a "decisive margin. " The union had held four meetings and had twice delayed voting on the agreement, reached last month.
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June 17, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Lay teachers have ratified a new labor agreement with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ensuring that 17 Catholic high schools will open on time in September. Members of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers voted Tuesday to accept the one-year deal, which offers salary increases of $1,100 for the contract year starting Sept. 1. The deal addresses rising medical costs by introducing a pharmacy benefit manager to get better rates on prescription medications, said Rita C. Schwartz, president of Local 1776.
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June 17, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
After Jeremy Hellickson threw his 107th and final pitch of a so-so start, the scoreboard graphics on the right-field wall at Citizens Bank Park flickered for a few seconds to accidentally show Hellickson as a member of the Blue Jays. It is almost a guarantee that Hellickson pitches for a new team sometime in July; Toronto is a possible fit. For now, on every fifth day, the Phillies prefer that the 29-year-old righthander improve his trade value. He was not his best Wednesday in a 7-2 loss to Toronto.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre  is vacating its home at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 21st and Sansom Streets, due to rising costs, and will be suspending productions for at least a year, Carmen Khan, the company's executive and artistic director said Tuesday. In a message to supporters, Khan also said she needs time to recover from surgery performed this past winter. While overall financial support has remained strong, she said, some donors "are retrenching," making it imprudent if not impossible for the company to continue on its current schedule.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
Eating out in South Jersey? If you're dining in Gloucester County, you can now check the latest health inspection reports for restaurants from Deptford to Franklin, from Swedesboro to Williamstown. The reports, which are updated daily, can be found online on Philly.com through the Inquirer's Clean Plates project, a searchable database that also contains inspection evaluations for restaurants in Philadelphia and Bucks County. More area counties are to be added as their databases become accessible.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are seeking a man and his getaway driver in the theft of a a package containing baby medicine from outside a home last week in the Burholme section of Northeast Philadelphia. The man probably didn't know what was inside. The package had been delivered by Amazon.com and was left on the porch of a house on the 7400 block of Montour Street. Besides baby meds, it contained baby clothes. The theft occurred about 1 p.m. June 6, police said. The home's surveillance video captured the two men pulling up in a two-door car in front of the house.
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