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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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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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October 5, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies formed a limited partnership in 1981 to purchase the team for $30 million, and that group has operated with relative secrecy ever since. But greater expectations amid a rising payroll sidetracked by recent failures have prompted scrutiny, which was intensified by team president David Montgomery's medical leave in August. There are few indications of an imminent ownership upheaval, contrary to a local TV report. The possibility of change in the future, given the ambiguity atop the organization, still exists.
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April 26, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sister of John S. Middleton, the billionaire co-owner of the Phillies, has asked a judge to undo a 2003 deal she struck with her brother, saying he fraudulently deprived her of a share of the team and proceeds from the $2.9 billion sale of the family's cigar business. Anna K. Nupson leveled that accusation this week in a filing in Montgomery County Orphans' Court, citing unspecified "new information" that her brother had concealed negotiations to sell the family business while scheming to first buy her and others out for a comparatively trifling $200 million.
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October 10, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Marti Wolever thought his job was safe when he was stopped outside the press box at Citizens Bank Park a few days before he made LSU pitcher Aaron Nola his final first-round selection for the Phillies in June. There had been some rumblings that the assistant general manager in charge of amateur scouting could be in trouble because, after years of hitting in the draft, and sometimes big (Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley), the Phillies found their draft well running dry. Too many Anthony Hewitts, Joe Saverys, and Larry Greenes.
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June 19, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
WE'D REACHED the part of the process where we were supposed to ask the manager solemn questions about his future, and Ryne Sandberg seemed to understand that as he sat in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. The Phillies were coming off an embarrassment that had been brewing for months, a 19-3 loss in which a starting pitcher strained a hamstring covering home, a reliever gave up five home runs, a rightfielder threw 48 pitches, and a pitching coach was forced to wave the white towel - literally - because the bullpen phone was off the hook.
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March 19, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
J. Mahlon Buck Jr., 85, who helped build pharmaceutical businesses and who was an owner of the Phillies, died of heart disease Wednesday, March 16, at home in Bryn Mawr. In 1981, Mr. Buck and his two brothers were among the limited partners who bought the Phillies from the Carpenter family for $30.2 million. According to published reports, the Bucks' share at the time was about 30 percent. "The two things that appealed to them were that they loved the sport, and they followed it as kids.
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March 29, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
No current general manager in baseball played the game at its highest level more than Ruben Amaro Jr., and it molded how he evaluates talent. For eight seasons, he was a bench player. He earned $1.25 million in salary. Before that, he was a 23-year-old prospect at single-A Palm Springs. Amaro walked 105 times in 115 games during the 1988 season. He led the California League in walk percentage. "I don't care about walks," Amaro said in January. "I care about production. To be frank with you, I've said this all along.
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February 27, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Last week, Pat Gillick sat in the lobby of Bright House Field and said the "A" word. He did not scoff. He did not swear. He did not speak in tongues or smoke at the ears. The question was simple: What role will advanced data analysis play during the Grover Cleveland era of the Phillies presidency? "Let me put it this way: I think analytics certainly have a place," Gillick said. "I think it is something that should be paid attention to, just like all information.
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March 18, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
J. Mahlon Buck Jr., 85, who helped build pharmaceutical businesses and who was one of the owners of the Phillies, died of heart disease Wednesday, March 16, at home in Bryn Mawr. In 1981, Mr. Buck and his two brothers were among the limited partners who purchased the Phillies from the Carpenter family for $30.2 million. According to published reports, the Buck's share at the time was about 30 percent. "The two things that appealed to them were that they loved the sport and they followed it as kids.
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June 26, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Summer Openings The summer restaurant scene will bring but one blockbuster opening: Cheesecake Factory's first Center City location, which opened Tuesday at 15th and Walnut Streets. Also, Cheesecake's internationally focused Grand Lux Cafe opens this week at the King of Prussia mall, across the mall property from another Cheesecake Factory. Together, the two new restaurants employ more than 500 people. On Thursday, the Main Line gets a b.good (Wynnewood Shopping Center, Wynnewood)
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June 26, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels deserved better and he deserves better. After the Phillies put up 22 runs in their previous two games, the offense reverted to its 2015 form in the series finale Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. That meant no run support for the veteran lefthander who, by now, is used to that grim scenario. Hamels was also betrayed by his defense on this otherwise beautiful day in the Bronx. The box score said he allowed five earned runs on eight hits in five innings during the Phillies' 10-2 loss to the New York Yankees.
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June 26, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
JAZMINE SMITH is paying it forward. As a child she was introduced to field hockey, a sport not traditionally played by African-Americans. She fell in love with it. Excelled at it. Got a full ride to Kutztown because of it. Smith founded Eyekonz Field Hockey and first introduced the sport to young women of color in the Philadelphia area last year. She uses a unique approach in which she does far more than teach them the game. She molds them. Mentors them. Challenges them. Her efforts haven't gone unnoticed.
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June 26, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - The most jarring thing about the Phillies' after-midnight news Tuesday night that saw Chase Utley in the manager's office, standing alongside the assistant general manager and head team athletic trainer, wasn't that the oft-injured, 36-year-old second baseman was being placed on the disabled list with a right-ankle injury. It was that the news appeared to completely blindside manager Ryne Sandberg. About 8 hours earlier, before the game, the manager was asked if he had to have a difficult conversation with Utley, who was hitting under .180 and was out of the lineup for the third time in the last five games.
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June 26, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The District Attorney's Office on Wednesday charged three Philadelphia election officials with committing fraud in the 2014 and 2015 primary elections. In Juniata Park's 33d Ward, Fifth Division, Robin Trainor, the judge of election, and Laura Murtaugh, the minority election inspector, were charged with fraud involving the May 19 primary. And in Point Breeze's 36th Ward, 10th Division, officials charged Cheryl Ali with voter fraud involving several divisions. Cameron Kline, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office, said Trainor, 55; Murtaugh, 56; and Ali, 56, surrendered to authorities Wednesday and were awaiting bail hearings.
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June 26, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - It really had all the makings of the perfect showcase start for Cole Hamels and, instead, it spiraled into one of the many games that actually left the lefthander with his arms raised in the air in disbelief. After three games when everything broke right for the Phillies, Hamels took the mound and the worst team in baseball reared its ugly head behind him. It culminated in a routine ground ball to second base that began the fifth inning. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez was positioned far closer to second base than Hamels would have liked, and it resulted in a single.
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June 26, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels threw his arms up in the air as the ball shot through the right side of the infield, in the very spot a second baseman typically positions himself. The Phillies had employed a defensive shift for the righthanded-hitting John Ryan Murphy, and it cost them an out. Perhaps the frustration Hamels displayed was pent up after five more innings of zero run support against the New York Yankees. After scoring 31 runs over their previous three games, the Phillies reverted to their old form Wednesday with their ace on the mound in a 10-2 loss at Yankee Stadium.
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June 26, 2015
NEW YORK - The ankle injury that landed Chase Utley on the 15-day disabled list shortly after midnight Tuesday has obvious implications beyond meaning extended playing time for 25-year-old Cesar Hernandez. As has been discussed often as Utley's 2015 struggles have mounted, the 36-year-old second baseman's $15 million contract for next year hinges on his logging 500 plate appearances this season. The franchise icon's chances of reaching that number are in doubt now that he is on the shelf for at least 15 days.
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June 26, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city's auctioning of liens on tax-delinquent properties began Wednesday morning with what officials said was a quiet but promising start. More than 150 investors registered to participate in the online auction of 900-plus tax liens, all of which have a minimum bid requirement of the full delinquent property-tax bill plus interest. The liens are for property-tax bills that have gone unpaid for from two to 20 years. If successful, the sale of those liens could generate millions of dollars in city revenue.
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June 26, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
PROSECUTORS yesterday withdrew charges of intimidation and terroristic threats against a former Philadelphia police officer in connection with a murder last year on Easter Sunday. But whether David Wade Howard, 51, will later be charged with murder in the April 20, 2014, shooting death of William Blount, 48, is a question authorities are not ready to answer. "I don't know what's going to happen," Assistant District Attorney Gail Fairman said after she withdrew the intimidation charges before Judge Patrick Dugan in Municipal Court, where Howard was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing.
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