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October 17, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAST DECEMBER, 3 days after Roy Halladay announced his retirement, the Phillies signed veteran righthander Roberto Hernandez in an effort to fill the gap and solidify the bottom of their starting rotation. Two months later, not content with the final makeup of that rotation on the eve of the first official workout in Clearwater, the Phils signed another free-agent pitcher. A.J. Burnett joined the starting staff, effectively taking Halladay's place as the older, established righthander with playoff pedigree to plop between lefthanders Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. The Phillies ended up paying just under $21 million for Hernandez and Burnett in 2014.
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October 16, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
WHILE THE Phillies' ruling triumvirate has given itself plenty of votes of confidence during the organization's 3-years-and-counting swan dive, it has yet to offer a compelling reason to believe that its long-term plan involves anything more comprehensive than a new scouting director and a click of the heels. Granted, the public equivocations of David Montgomery, Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr. are not definitive evidence of the absence of such a plan. They have their stadium and their cable contract, and thus little motivation to sell the public on their blueprint for the future.
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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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October 17, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
REPLACE "DODGERS" with "Phillies" and see how it feels . . . Los Angeles Times : "Dodgers' hiring of executive Andrew Friedman signals a cultural shift. " ESPN.com: "Dodgers stepping into 21st century with Andrew Friedman" Baseball Prospectus: "The Rich [Dodgers] Get Smarter" Anyway, heeeere's Johnny. (crickets) Johnny Almaraz. (crickets) You know, the Phillies' new amateur scouting director. Anyone? (crickets) Hey, he might be the best damn scouting director in the history of major league baseball.
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October 15, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS, who has been in a Phillies uniform long enough to accumulate more hits than any player in franchise history, experienced a first in 2014: He spent the entire season on a team that would finish in last place. "It's not a place anyone wants to be," Rollins said. "But it is the place we ended up. And that's all I can say about it. " Given his team's place in a big market with a big payroll and big expectations, Rollins understands that last place is unacceptable.
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October 22, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Vince Gennaro is a smart man. He's a consultant to several franchises around Major League Baseball, advising them on how to remain relevant and competitive and financially responsible. He wrote a book years ago called Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball , and in the late 1970s, before the acronyms WAR and FIP had become part of mainstream baseball lexicon, he created his own player-valuation system. Again, Gennaro's sharp. He answered his phone Monday, on the eve of the World Series, to field a couple of seemingly simple questions: What can the Phillies learn from the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals?
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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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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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August 19, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The door was open to Charlie Manuel's office, and the manager was fidgety. The summers blend together now because there were many. But this was three years ago, on a weekday morning at Wrigley Field, during happier days for a man who dedicated his life to baseball. Chances are he beat every one of his players to the ancient ballpark. Baseball needed Charlie Manuel. He wanted to talk to someone. Anyone. Manuel radiated in the hours before a game. He told jokes. He taught hitting. He held small children.
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October 22, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter Thiel - a founder of online-payments giant PayPal , the first investor in Facebook , and deal partner of Tesla Motors boss Elon Musk - disrupts and provokes. He pays smart tech kids to drop out of blue-chip colleges like Stanford (where Thiel went) and MIT. And he praises monopoly as the righteous goal of every thinking businessperson. Germany-born Thiel, 47, gave the opening talk Monday at this week's Forbes Under 30 Summit , addressing 1,000 dark-clad young people at the Convention Center, only a few of whom raised hands when he asked if they'd read his book, Zero to One . Business isn't science, Thiel told the crowd.
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October 22, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
TINDLEY TEMPLE United Methodist Church's stained-glass windows vibrated around Kyrell Tyler's casket as hundreds of dirt bikes, ATVs and motorcycles revved outside on Broad Street yesterday, ready to roll for one of their own. Tyler, a well-known stunt rider known as "DirtbikeRell" on various social-media sites, was shot and killed on Oct. 14. His body was found in a Chevy Monte Carlo near 60th Street and Greenway Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia....
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October 22, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Vince Gennaro is a smart man. He's a consultant to several franchises around Major League Baseball, advising them on how to remain relevant and competitive and financially responsible. He wrote a book years ago called Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball , and in the late 1970s, before the acronyms WAR and FIP had become part of mainstream baseball lexicon, he created his own player-valuation system. Again, Gennaro's sharp. He answered his phone Monday, on the eve of the World Series, to field a couple of seemingly simple questions: What can the Phillies learn from the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals?
NEWS
October 22, 2014
THE KANSAS City Royals and San Francisco Giants take the field for Game 1 of the World Series tonight. The Phillies' next game is in March against a college team. The Phillies' tentative spring training schedule was posted on the team's website yesterday. The 33-game slate begins on Sunday, March 1, when the Phillies host the University of Tampa at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The Phillies open Grapefruit League play 2 days later, on Tuesday, March 3, when they host the New York Yankees in the first of two straight games against their spring training neighbors from Tampa.
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October 22, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
FIVE THOUGHTS about this year's World Series, which begins tonight with the Giants' Madison Bumgarner squaring off against the Royals' James Shields: 1. The postseason is the ultimate in small samples. This is the first World Series in history to feature two teams who failed to reach 90 wins in a 162-game season. The Giants finished the regular season 45-53 in their final 98 games, while the Royals had two players finish the year with an OPS+ above league average (Lorenzo Cain at 108 and Alex Gordon at 117)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2014 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer jancij@phillynews.com, 215-568-5906
WHEN OPERA star Kathleen Battle performs in Philadelphia Friday, she won't be singing Handel or Mozart. Instead, her lyric soprano will ring out in spirituals, such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Glory, Glory Hallelujah. " "Many times, what gets commented on is the spirituals only," Battle, 66, said in a recent interview. "Sometimes you want someone to comment on your Schubert, as well. People are drawn to the spiritual. It has a universal appeal. " The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall will host "Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey - An Evening with Kathleen Battle," marking Battle's first performance in Philadelphia since 2003.
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October 22, 2014
MORGAN BERMAN, founder and CEO of MilkCrate Philly, was wrapping up her pitch yesterday to a panel of big shots at the Forbes Under 30 Summit, a three-day gathering of young game-changers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. MilkCrate, which has a mobile app to help people live more sustainably in neighborhoods, was one of five finalists selected to make a five-minute pitch - dubbed the "$400,000 Pressure Cooker" - to the panel, which included AOL founder Steve Case, Forbes Media CEO Mike Perlis and former venture capitalist Troy Carter, founder of Atom Factory.
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October 22, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WITH UNCERTAINTY on the major league staff and no one in the minor league system expected to compete for a starting job this spring, the Phillies re-signed veteran Jerome Williams last night. Williams, who joined the team in August, agreed to a 1-year, $2.5 million deal. The contract also includes performance bonuses. A native of Hawaii, Williams turns 33 in December. He would have been eligible to become a free agent after the World Series. Williams is likely to compete for one of the final slots in the Phillies' starting rotation when he reports to spring training.
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October 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ed Keegan, 75, who pitched briefly with the Phillies and Kansas City Athletics after a spectacular career at Haddonfield High, died Sunday at his daughter's home in Franklinville, N.J., according to Larry Shenk, the Phillies' vice president of alumni relations. The hard-throwing righthander was signed by the Phillies in 1957 after compiling a 26-2 career record and a 0.37 ERA at Haddonfield. Two years later, Mr. Keegan made his major-league debut with the Phillies at age 20. Mr. Keegan, who stood 6-foot-3 and weighed 165 pounds, was 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in 13 big-league games, highlighted by a strikeout of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.
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