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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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August 26, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - There is a chance, within the next week, that Carlos Ruiz's time with the Phillies will come to an end. The 37-year-old catcher has produced in a part-time role. He is the sort of veteran player contending teams look to acquire at this time of year. Or not. "I don't know," Ruiz said Wednesday. "Maybe it's possible. Maybe it's not. Depending on how everything goes, it's possible. So far there's nothing. I don't know. I'm still happy here. It was something I was thinking early in the season to now. We'll see what happens.
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August 26, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - When the Phillies removed Jerad Eickhoff from an eventual 5-3 win Wednesday with six solid innings that required 71 pitches, manager Pete Mackanin said it was because he wanted his pitcher to leave Illinois with positive vibes. Eickhoff was surprised. These days, the Phillies are ultra-conscious about their starters. They cannot afford more issues in a young rotation that will struggle to reach the season's conclusion. Mackanin and pitching coach Bob McClure informed Eickhoff of their decision.
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August 26, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
'FIVE RIGHT at me. Five to the hole. Five in the shift. Then five backhand, going forward. Then five more straight. " Freddy Galvis recites the routine that has made him a Gold Glove contender. It's more than 100 degrees on the field at Citizens Bank Park, the end of a long August heat wave. The dirt is baked and the Phillies aren't winning and just running up the steps of the dugout for the 122nd game of the 2016 season seems exhausting and, to a degree, pointless; the starting rotation is in shambles, the lone All-Star, Odubel Herrera, hasn't hit well since a week before the break, and any talk of a run at the wild-card playoff slots seems sillier with each passing day. Still, Galvis has a spring in his step.
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September 17, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pete Mackanin filled out his lineup card before Thursday night's 15-2 loss to Pittsburgh and left off the name of Ryan Howard. But that will change on Friday. The majority of the playing time over the season's final 15 games will belong to Howard as the team bids farewell to the last remaining player from the 2008 World Series champions. It is a change of tone from earlier this month when Mackanin said he would cut back on Howard's playing time to get a better look at Tommy Joseph.
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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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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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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 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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September 22, 2016
A Philadelphia police officer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sending marijuana through the mail. William Branish Jr., 43, was charged with possession with intent to deliver and simple possession, and was suspended by Police Commissioner Richard Ross for 30 days with intent to dismiss. Police said that Internal Affairs was notified in January of an allegation about an officer. An Internal Affairs investigation found that Branish, a 14-year veteran assigned to the 26th Police District, used an associate's account at a local company to mail several small packages of marijuana.
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September 22, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Culture Writer
When President Obama helps dedicate the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Saturday in Washington, he'll be marking the debut on the National Mall of the black experience. Starting from nothing, over the last decade and a half, the museum has acquired a collection of close to 40,000 objects and documents; more than 3,000 will be on exhibition when doors open at 1 p.m., after a musical prelude and a dedication ceremony that begins at 9 a.m. By virtue of its size and national focus, the museum will obviously be telling a sweeping story.
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September 22, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
When the Phillies decided to promote Roman Quinn straight from an injury-shortened season at double A to the majors, it was designed to offer the 23-year-old outfielder a taste of what could be a regular role in 2017. His arrival may have provided an unintended benefit. A little motivation for Odubel Herrera never hurt. The two effervescent outfielders formed a potent duo Tuesday in the Phillies' 7-6 win over Chicago. Quinn, batting second, slapped two singles and scored two runs.
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September 22, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia mother of two admitted Tuesday that she planned to abandon her children and travel to Syria to pursue "martyrdom operations" with an ISIS fighter she married over the internet. Keonna Thomas, 32, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization during a brief hearing in federal court. She acknowledged her plans were derailed last year only when federal agents raided her home the day she was scheduled to leave the country. "I believe that I'm guilty of this charge," said Thomas, dressed in a head scarf and green prison jumpsuit, when asked by U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson why she was changing her plea.
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September 22, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The two minor-league sluggers stepped onto a big-league field Tuesday and saw their manager, catcher and centerfielder. Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins, who each wore a button-down shirt and tie instead of red pinstripes, hugged the men with which they shared long bus rides during the unglamorous life that is double-A baseball. "It's pretty surreal," Hoskins, 23, said. "I'm excited," Cozens, 22, said, "to hopefully be here next year. " Right now, everything is possible for Cozens and Hoskins, who had two of the most productive seasons for any Phillies farmhand in recent history.
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September 22, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Mensah M. Dean, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - In a case that trained a spotlight on the state's corrections practices, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that a convicted murderer from Philadelphia who has spent nearly 37 years in solitary confinement must be transitioned into the prison's general population. Judge Christopher C. Conner said prison officials' decision to keep Arthur Johnson in "institutional exile" for decades in an "area smaller than the average horse stall" at the state prison at Frackville because they thought he was a security threat was flawed.
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September 22, 2016
In one of her first notes to constituents, freshman Democratic State Rep. Leslie Acosta warned about consumer cons saying "scammers don't take a holiday. " Acosta should know: Her public career has been one perpetual scam. Before getting elected, she had a no-show job at a North Philadelphia mental health clinic and kicked back her salary to her boss, Renee Tartaglione, a prominent city Democratic Party figure. In the midst of Acosta's term she pleaded guilty to her role in the embezzlement scheme and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation into the clinic.
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September 22, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
A funny thing happened to Zaid Johnson when he entered fifth grade earlier this month: He started wanting to go to school. Zaid, 11, is a hands-on learner, and the brand-new Science Leadership Academy Middle School (SLAMS) has been a revelation for him, the boy and his parents said - hands-on work centered on projects, opportunities to solve problems and expand the way he thinks. "It's cool, a fun school, different," Zaid said. Dignitaries converged on SLAMS on Tuesday, marking the formal opening of a school several years in the making.
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September 21, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, STAFF WRITER
The new institute charged with discovering ways to ensure that quality journalism endures in the Philadelphia region has made its big hire, naming a former Wall Street Journal business executive as director. Jim Friedlich, 59, a consultant who has helped national news organizations move into a digital future, was chosen from among more than 100 applicants during an-eight month search. Friedlich has led New-York-based Empirical Media, called upon by Tribune Publishing, Time Inc., Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and others, to help find a profitable way forward in a news industry battered by budget cuts, layoffs and losses of advertising revenue.
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September 21, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Freddy Galvis' strength was deemed so little six years ago that the Phillies had him push and pull a golf cart around their ballpark in Clearwater, Fla. He was 20 years old and weighed 165 pounds. There were concerns that he would struggle to ever hit the ball out of the infield. Galvis strapped on a weight belt that was hooked to the cart by a metal chain. He would run the warning track at Bright House Field with the cart kicking up dust as he pulled it behind him. Galvis would get behind the cart and push and then use the chain to pull it. The Phillies, Galvis said, wanted Galvis to train like an "old-school guy. " It was his version of a Strongman competitor pulling a jumbo jet. Galvis hit his 20th homer of the season on Sunday, putting away any doubts that still lingered about the shortstop's strength.
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