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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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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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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 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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May 7, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies are going to lose around 100 games this season, and will do so on merit. The presence of the Milwaukee Brewers might keep them from being the worst team in the National League, but that thin comfort won't spare them a single step of the long, depressing march to October. None of this qualifies as surprising. The Phils, with perhaps one notable exception, were expected to be exactly this bad. The exception, however, happens to be a player who ranks among the franchise's top 10 for career at-bats, hits, runs, total bases, runs batted in, extra bases, and home runs.
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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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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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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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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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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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May 17, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Freddy Galvis looked behind him, watched the ball stay fair, and kept moving. He crossed the plate with ease in Friday's eighth inning, giving the Phillies the winning run in a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The hit - a pinch-hit single by Jeff Francoeur - slapped the dirt just past third base, narrowly falling into play. It was Francoeur's third pinch-hit and third pinch-hit RBI of the season. He was thrown out at second after trying to stretch the hit into a double.
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May 17, 2015
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg met on Friday afternoon with Chase Utley. It was a good talk, Sandberg said. Utley understood, the manager said, why Sandberg moved him to the sixth spot in Friday's lineup against Arizona. "It doesn't have to be a complete negative subject or topic to talk about," Sandberg said. Utley entered Friday with a major-league low .118 batting average. He had batted third this season in 28 of his 29 starts. Utley, 36, last batted sixth on June 30, 2005. Grady Sizemore, who replaced Utley in the third spot, had not batted third since June 12, 2011.
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May 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco's Friday began much earlier than usual when shortly after 7 a.m. he heard a knock on his door at the Rochester Plaza Hotel. It was triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage, there to deliver the news that the third baseman was headed to Philadelphia. It was early for the 22-year-old Franco, who said he typically wakes up at about 11 a.m. "It's good," he said hours later, seated in the Phillies' dugout at Citizens Bank Park. "I'll take that. " By the end of his day, Franco had in the books his first game as the Phillies' everyday third baseman.
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May 16, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg considers 100 at-bats a benchmark in a season. One hundred and nineteen at-bats into his first year as the Phillies' everyday shortstop, Freddy Galvis continues to hit. Three more base knocks Thursday in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates raised Galvis' batting average to .353. Entering Thursday night's games, only the Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon (.426) and Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (.360) boasted better averages among National League players. "He's just sticking with what's working for him and being real patient up there," Sandberg said of Galvis, the only Phillies regular hitting .275 or better.
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May 16, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The $15 minimum wage movement received a boost Thursday when a member of City Council introduced a bill to put the issue before Philadelphia voters in November. The measure, if approved by Council and Mayor Nutter and passed by voters, is nonbinding: It only calls on city and state officials to pass a $15 minimum wage. But advocates say it would gauge support, place pressure on Harrisburg, and lay groundwork for a court battle should the city challenge the presumption that only the state can set a minimum wage.
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May 16, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Harang has taken his career renaissance to a new level through eight starts with the Phillies. Although he is donning his seventh big-league uniform in the last 25 months, the journeyman righthander might pitch his way elsewhere between now and the July 31 trade deadline. Eight shutout innings from Harang on Thursday in the Phillies' 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park further bolstered his impressive start to the year. It could soon reach a point where a team in need of pitching targets the veteran and what remains of his one-year, $5 million contract for a rotation reinforcement.
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May 15, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
CALL THIS THE week of flip-flops. First on Chip, and now this: I want the designated hitter in the National League. While doubling the potential trade partners for Ryan Howard seems motivation enough, I want it for the same reasons many of you don't. Uniformity. Collegiate baseball uses a designated hitter. High school baseball uses a designated hitter. Hell, American Legion even uses it. Congratulations to Little League for holding out, but then again, man, those pitchers can hit. More and more, the ones coming into the major leagues cannot.
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May 15, 2015
The Phillies' amateur scouts from the central and western regions of the country converged this week at Citizens Bank Park for meetings regarding next month's annual first-year player draft. Gatherings of scouts from the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions will follow in the next few days. Three-plus weeks from the draft's first round, first-year Phillies amateur scouting director Johnny Almaraz and his staff continue to shape their prospect board. Between now and June 8, they will go back to watch their players of interest, primarily to ensure each is healthy.
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May 15, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Legislation that would create a state-run system for low-performing Pennsylvania schools could devastate the Philadelphia School District, its superintendent told the Senate Education Committee in Harrisburg on Wednesday. William R. Hite Jr. said he favors accountability for additional funds he seeks for Philadelphia. But as written, a bill that would compel struggling schools across the state to improve rapidly or face relegation to a new state-administered system would "create an unfunded turnaround mandate, resulting in the stripping out of supports and programs from schools left under district control," he said.
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May 15, 2015
THE SOUL'S game next Friday at Tampa Bay has been pushed back a day because of an NHL playoff game. The NHL Lightning share the Amalie Arena with the Tampa Bay Storm and the hockey league has scheduled Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals for next Friday. It means an extra off day for the Soul, which are busing to Tampa following tomorrow night's game at Jacksonville. Lightning ownership, which also owns the Storm, will pick up an approximate $15,000 tab for the Soul having to change flights and stay another night in a hotel.
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